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Single Idea 7091

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 4. Other Minds / d. Other minds by analogy]

Full Idea

The argument from analogy is a weak one, because it does not logically guarantee the inference I draw to the other's inner states, for he might be dissimulating or acting, or may even be a cleverly contrived robot which feels nothing.

Gist of Idea

The argument from analogy is not a strong inference, since the other being might be an actor or a robot


A.C. Grayling (Wittgenstein [1988], Ch.3)

Book Reference

Grayling,A.C.: 'Wittgenstein' [OUP 2001], p.100

A Reaction

This gives the impression that for an argument to be strong it must logically guarantee its inference. It strikes me that analogy is a good reason for believing in other minds, but that is because I am looking for the best explanation, not logical proof.