March 07, 2012
Some brand of materialism may seem to many of us as obvious, but that’s not necessarily the
-This is the metaphysics (often only implicitly) of natural science…
2 noteworthy brands of non-materialism (dualism)
Most of us have no trouble making the distinction between natural and non-natural kinds:
between things like giraffes and stones on the one hand, and bank accounts and NHL hockey, on
Among the naturally occurring set of things, why do we group things the way we do?
How do we know a horse, say, when we see one?
-A real, live, brown horse
-A cartoon representation of a black horse
-A photograph of a white horse
-A mini figurine, red in color, of a horse
Perfect Imperfect Plato thought of humans as divided into an immaterial soul and a material body (dualism). We
are fundamentally 2 sorts of things—a “duality” of things.
-Aristotle (his student) thinks of us as nothing more than a living body with a specific form and