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Single Idea 3136

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 1. Mind / e. Questions about mind]

Full Idea

There are three main views regarding the ontology of mental phenomena: reductionism, dualism and eliminativism.


Thoughts are explained as something else, or exist independently, or are non-existent

Gist of Idea

The three theories are reduction, dualism, eliminativism


Georges Rey (Contemporary Philosophy of Mind [1997], 1.1)

Book Reference

Rey,Georges: 'Contemporary Philosophy of Mind' [Blackwell 1997], p.14

A Reaction

It is precisely this picture which is rejected by Davidson and co, who want something called 'property dualism', with a unique relationship which is labelled 'supervenient'. Unfortunately there is no analogy for it. Not even beauty and a statue.