Abelson's refutation of mind-body identity

Philosophical Studies 23 (February):116-118 (1972)
R. Abelson argues that the identity theory is false because it is possible to have an infinite number of thoughts (e.G. Of natural numbers) while the number of possible brain states is finite. The refutation fails because it conflates the logical possibility of having infinite thoughts with the actual ability to have them. The latter depends on many contingent facts, One of which may be the number of possible brain states
Keywords Body  Brain  Identity  Metaphysics  Mind  Abelson, R
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/BF00354731
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 29,478
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Abelson on Feigl's Mind-Body Identity Thesis.Adolf Grünbaum - 1972 - Philosophical Studies 23 (1/2):119 - 121.
Abelson Concerning Mind-Body Identity.Iii Frank R. Harrison - 1971 - Journal of Critical Analysis 3 (1):13-17.
Further Reflections on Mind-Body Identity.Raziel Abelson - 1971 - Journal of Critical Analysis 3 (3):111-112.
Abelson Concerning Mind-Body Identity. Harrison - 1971 - Journal of Critical Analysis 3 (1):13-17.
A Refutation of Mind-Body Identity.Raziel Abelson - 1970 - Philosophical Studies 18 (December):85-90.
On a Refutation of Mind-Body Identity.Pheroze S. Wadia - 1972 - Philosophical Studies 23 (February):113-115.
A Reply to an Attempted Refutation of Mind-Body Identity.Kenneth C. Clatterbaugh - 1972 - Philosophical Studies 23 (February):111-112.
Added to PP index

Total downloads
38 ( #138,168 of 2,180,551 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #302,815 of 2,180,551 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums