PHL204H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: A Posteriori, A Priori And A Posteriori, Personal Identity

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26 Mar 2020
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What is the mind/body problem: mind/mental states, thought- beliefs or desires, experiences- personal subjective experiences, ex. pain, being in love, body/brain, problem- the nature of the relation b/w mind and brain or mind and body. Clark kent = clark kent necessary truth- there is no way he can"t be identical to himself: a posteriori- figure out by experience, ex. Water = h2o necessary truth: ex. Clark kent = superman: logical properties, reflexive same age as, applies to itself, symmetry ex married to. If it goes one way, it goes the other way: transitivity- ex. What is the identity theory: mental states are in a relation of a posteriori, numerical identity to brain states. Immaterial minds exist but can"t be found anywhere: denys there is any interaction going on b/w the mind/body since they"re the same thing, solves the problem of other minds. If you have a brain therefore you have a mind of some kind.

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