Author: Montero, B.
Source: Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 8, Number 2, 2001 , pp. 61-80(20)
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Abstract:I am going to argue that it is time to come to terms with the difficulty of understanding what it means to be physical and start thinking about the mind-body problem from a new perspective. Instead of construing it as the problem of finding a place for mentality in a fundamentally physical world, we should think of it as the problem of finding a place for mentality in a fundamentally nonmental world, a world that is at its most fundamental level entirely nonmental. The mind-body problem, I want to argue, is the problem of determining whether mentality can be accounted for in terms of nonmental phenomena. In other words, it is the question, ‘is mentality a fundamental feature of the world’.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Dept. Of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 1001 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA.
Publication date: January 1, 2001