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- Created 2012-04-10
(also known as
type identity theory
mind-brain identity theory
identity theory of mind
) is a
philosophy of mind
. It asserts that
s can be grouped into
, and can then be
with types of physical events in the brain. For example,
of mental event like "mental pains" will, presumably, turn out to be describing
of physical event (like
Type physicalism is contrasted by
Token identity physicalism
argues that mental events are unlikely to have "steady" or categorical biological correlates. These positions make use of the philosophical
(e.g., having the same
of car need not mean that you and your friend share a
, a single vehicle).
can now be understood to argue that there is identicalness between types, whereas
token identity physicalism
says we are only describing a particular, unique, brain event.
There are other ways a physicalist might criticize type physicalism;
question whether science is currently using the best categorisations. In the same way talk of
was questioned with scientific advance, categorisations like "pain" may need to be revised.
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Collection of links to online papers
Dictionary of the Philosophy of Mind
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Presentism (philosophy of time)
Philosophy of mind
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