The spatiality of the mental and the mind-body problem

Synthese 117 (3):409-17 (1999)

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Ruth Weintraub
Tel Aviv University
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I consider a seemingly attractive strategy for grappling with the mind-body problem. It is often thought that materialists are committed to spatially locating mental events, whereas dualists are barred from so doing. The thought naturally arises, then, that reasons for or against the spatiality of the mental may be wielded to adjudicate between the different positions in the mind-body dispute. Showing that mental events are spatially located, it may be thought, is ipso facto showing the truth of materialism. Conversely, it seems, if we can show that mental events are not spatially located, we will have refuted materialism. The strategy looks promising because it reduces a very abstruse problem to a much more tractable one. Unfortunately, I will argue, it can’t be implemented.
Keywords Body  Mental  Metaphysics  Mind  Spatiality
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DOI 10.1023/A:1005022524925
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