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PHIL 1200 Lecture 30: Lecture 30
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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1200
Professor
David R.Hampton
Semester
Summer

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lP98R The mind and body interact in some way through the brain Descartes isn’t clear about how this takes place Designated the pineal gland as the ‘master switch’ Gilbert Ryle ~ Descartes’ Myth (Behaviorism = physicalism/materialism) Basic features of Cartesian Dualism Mind and body are separate substances Mind is immaterial, body is material The 2 are somehow connected, and interact with one another Mind is separate from the body since one can imagine being without a body Ryle’s Rejection Official doctrine of dualism results in a view of human beings as being “ghosts in the machine” According to this theory, minds, which are not material, and that do not exist in space, are trapped into bodies that are material, exist in space and follow laws of physics Important Features of Ghost in Machine Thoughtsandimpressionsofmindremainprivate,sincetheydonotexist
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