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Philosophy Cafe: The Mind / Body Problem

Summary

We consider one of the classic problems in philosophy: how does the mind relate to the body?

Start Date

4th Sep 2018 6:00pm

End Date

4th Sep 2018 7:30pm

Venue

Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston

RSVP / Contact Information

Enquiries: Graham Wood, 6324 3920 or Graham.Wood@utas.edu.au

How is the mind related to the body?

The Mind/Body Problem can be understood as follows:

Three claims about the mind and body each seem to be true when considered by themselves, but all three cannot be true together. They are called an inconsistent triad. Solving the mind-body problem involves rejecting one claim.

Causal Closure: Anything involved in causal explanations of physical events is itself a physical event or property.

Mental Explanation: Mental events and properties are involved in causal explanations of other mental events and physical events.

Non-reducibility: Mental events and properties are not physical events or properties.

The Mind/Body Problem

If an event or property is involved in a causal explanation for a physical event, then by Causal closure it must be physical.  By Mental explanation, mental events and properties are indeed involved in causal explanations of physical events.  So it follows that mental events and properties are physical.  But by Non-reducibility, mental events and properties are not physical, since they are not reducible to or explicable in terms of the physical (and the physical certainly is reducible to or explicable in terms of the physical).

Philosophy Café
Royal Oak Hotel – Launceston
On the first Tuesday of each month (excluding January and February)