What is thought to be some of the advantages of materialism?

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Nov 17, 2022


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This assignment interacts with the assigned reading in Pojman, Chapter 14: Human Nature in Contemporary Theories of the Mind, 225-249.
What, specifically, is the mind-body problem in philosophy? In your response, briefly define substance dualism, materialism (physicalism), idealism, dualism, panpsychism, behaviorism, and monism.
Indicate at least two major criticisms of substance dualism. What is the significance of Occam’s Razor in this discussion? What is thought to be some of the advantages of materialism? What is the problem of causality, and how does this apply to substance dualism?
How does the problem of consciousness factor into the discussion?
Additionally, choose among one of the alternative theories to dualism under materialism listed in the table on page 227—metaphysical behaviorism, reductive materialism, eliminative materialism, functionalism, and neutral monism—and offer one strength and one weakness of the theory and why you think this is the case.
Finally, offer what you think is the most defensible position on the mind-body problem and the reasoning behind this position.


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