Philosophia Christi 21 (2):419-426 (2019)

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Eric LaRock
Oakland University
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Advocates of eliminative materialism (EM) assure us that our current, ordinary approach to describing the mind will eventually be eliminated, instead of reduced, by a matured neuroscience. However, once we take into account the flexibility, explanatory power, and overall sophistication of ordinary language, then the promissory note offered by eliminative materialism loses all credibility. To bolster the preceding claim, we present three original problems for EM: the accountability problem, the substitution problem, and the discourse dependence problem.
Keywords Eliminative Materialism  Ordinary Language  Folk Psychology  Explanatory Power
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DOI 10.5840/pc201921236
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