The Mind-Body Identity Theory - Routledge

The Mind-Body Identity Theory - Routledge

The Mind-Body Identity Theory Michael Lacewing [email protected] o.uk Michael Lacewing Metaphysics of mind Substance: needs no other thing to exist Dualism: there are two sorts of

substance, mind (or soul) and matter Mental properties are properties of a mental substance Materialism: there is just one sort of thing, matter Mental properties are properties of a material substance Mental properties Substances can have different sorts of

properties Property dualism: mental properties are not physical Hmm properties Type identity theory: mental properties are physical properties Mental causation

Causation requires things to happen. Things happening are events. A cause and its effect are both events, changes at a time (or over time) in the properties of objects. Like picking up the remote control

Reduction Ontological reduction: the things in one domain (e.g. mental things) are identical with some of the things in another domain. Reduction: this makes the reduced domain more intelligible Multiple realizability

Mental properties cannot be identical to physical properties because the same mental property can be realized by different physical properties, e.g. the brain states that relate to pain are different in different species, but pain is the same mental state.

Token identity theory Mental events are physical events. Mental properties are not physical properties. Mental properties are closely tied to physical properties: if exactly the same physical property occurs in different events, the same mental property will occur. Properties and causes

Events cause their effects in virtue of certain properties and not others. Is it because of its physical properties or because of its mental properties that a mental event causes its effects? Picturing the problem

Mental event, e.g. pain = Physical event, e.g. in brain But physical property explains effect Ow!

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