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Introduction To Materialism

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1000
Professor
Beryl Logan
Semester
Fall

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2011-11-16 If somebody would watch our physical activities they would be unaware of our thinking and thought process. They would also be unaware of our anxiety over the essay and the pains of our thinking of the best word. So what goes on in the mind is radically private. We cannot have access to each others thoughts.All we have access to is a body that gives out actions. We have no awareness of the thoughts of others. But we all assume that it's going on. We weren't asked if we had a mind on the first day of class. It is an assumption on the part of others. But also according to Mill, it is the analogical arguments for other minds. 1) what is an analogical argument?An argument where you make a comparison between two things and based on that comparison the basis of two actions. We have itemAand item B and we're going to have C and D further down the road. Let's talk about shoes A B C D manufacturer yes yes Yes SI yes yes yes White/blue yes yes yes 9D yes yes yes It fits fits fits fits 1. After seeing the three pairs of shoes (ABC) we're going to infer in an inductive argument that shoe D will fit based on the qualities that we see. This is an analogical argument, an inference based on comparison. This could be on anything. The greater the similarity in the items that we are comparing and the more experience the more constantly conjoined we find the features and the fit the stronger the argument.Any inductive argument is based on strength of similarity. BUT WE CAN ALWAYS BE WRONG. One day the shoes can be delivered and be completely wrong. But the similarity shows us that it is unlikely that the opposite will occur. 2. Why say all of this? Because the inference that we have minds is an analogical argument. If i drop a juice can on my toe, I’m going to yell and jump up and down. In addition to that, I’m going to feel pain, anxiety, foolishness, etc. So that when you drop juice can on someone else they will feel the same experience.All of this is based on assumption that humans will have same the physiology and will act similarly. 3. This is all based on similarity because there is no repeated experience. I only know that from my case that I will assume that the other 7 billion will act similar. 2) If we take a dualist position and take all of our “you-ness.” In addition to the problem of interaction we also have no idea how to talk about the mind in others because all we see in others is their behaviour. So when dualism talks about this mind thing and something we know in our own case look what it is does. It puts us in the position of extreme assumption. Solutions? One of them is God as the perceiver of all things. The other is materialism Berkeley's theory is often called immaterialism. When I talk about materialism I'm not referring to the having of material goods. When we talk about materialism what we're talking about is the theory that everything that exists is physical. If everything that exists is physical, then we don't have a problem. We've gotten rid of one of the aspects of dualism. The problem arises when you have both mental and physical. Berkeley got rid of the physical. With materialism we're going to get rid of the mental. Berkeley is very difficult to refute . We all however just tend to return to our naive realist position. Monism is that there is one substance versus dualism that there is two substances. Materialism takes the position that it's all just in the physical world. We don't have to worry about connecting the physical with the physical because that's all there is. Spinoza is reference in the handout. He wanted to make monistic position without anything physical. “Materialism is a name given to a family of doctrines concerning the nature of the world which give to matter a primary position
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