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PHIL 1200 Lecture 33: Lecture 33

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PHIL 1200
David R.Hampton

o982 What are mental processes, then, if not behavior? According to Armstrong, they are states of one’s brain Armstrong defines these mental states as “states of a person apt for producing certain ranges of behavior” This is Armstrong’s identity theory: mental states are strictly identical with brain states These states can be described in fully materialist terms o This is what neuroscience tries to do By talking about chemical balances in one’s brain But one does not have to accept the scientific view, although it appears to be the best one we have so far As far as accepting a materialist account of mental phenomena, Armstrong is in agreement with Ryle and the behaviorists 1 st Armstrong no long talks about dispositions, but rather about states 2 nd these mental states are different from the bodily states that constitute one’s behavior (e.g. one’s talking, running away) 3 rd in order to understand mental phenomena one needs to look at the inner mental states and not only external be
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