David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophia 34 (2):169-172 (2006)
In his "Materialism without Reductionism: What Materialism Does not Entail," Richard Boyd answers Kripke's challenge to materialists to come up with a way to explain away the apparent contingency of mind-brain identities. Boyd accuses Kripke of an imaginative myopia manifesting itself as a failure to realize that the more theoretical term in the identity is fixed by contingent descriptions - descriptions that might pick out otherworldly kinds of neural events where C-fibres are absent. If this is something we can confuse in the imagination with actual C-fibre firings, then we have an explanation of the apparent contingency of the necessary identity 'Pain=C-fiber firings.' However, for this to succeed it must be the case that the reference of 'C-fiber firings' is fixed by some contingent description, which is false. Boyd, I submit, has failed to answer Kripke's challenge after all.
|Keywords||theoretical identity Richard Boyd materialism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Terence E. Horgan & John L. Tienson (2001). Deconstructing New Wave Materialism. In Carl Gillett & Barry M. Loewer (eds.), Physicalism and its Discontents. Cambridge University Press 307--318.
Alik Pelman (2014). Theoretical Identities May Not Be Necessary. Analysis 74 (3):412-422.
Richard Boyd (1980). Materialism Without Reductionism: What Physicalism Does Not Entail. In Ned Block (ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of Psychology. , Vol 1 1--67.
D. Cummiskey (1992). Reference Failure and Scientific Realism: A Response to the Meta-Induction. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 43 (1):21-40.
George A. Sher (1977). Kripke, Cartesian Intuitions, and Materialism. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 7 (2):227-38.
Olav Gjelsvik (1988). A Kripkean Objection to Kripke's Arguments Against the Identity-Theories. Inquiry 30 (December):435-50.
Charles E. Jarrett (1982). Materialism. Philosophy Research Archives 1459:457-497.
Robert Nola (1980). Fixing the Reference of Theoretical Terms. Philosophy of Science 47 (4):505-531.
Richard N. Boyd (1995). 15 How to Be a Moral Realist. In Paul K. Moser & J. D. Trout (eds.), Contemporary Materialism: A Reader. Routledge 297.
Emmett L. Holman (1986). Maxwell and Materialism. Synthese 66 (March):505-14.
Clive Vernon Borst (1970). The Mind-Brain Identity Theory: A Collection of Papers. New York,St Martin's P..
Michael E. Levin (1975). Kripke's Argument Against the Identity Thesis. Journal of Philosophy 72 (March):149-67.
Laura Schroeter (2013). Normative Realism: Co-Reference Without Convergence? Philosophers' Imprint 13 (13).
Derk Pereboom & Hilary Kornblith (1991). The Metaphysics of Irreducibility. Philosophical Studies 63 (August):125-45.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads54 ( #81,330 of 1,911,555 )
Recent downloads (6 months)8 ( #81,004 of 1,911,555 )
How can I increase my downloads?