Pain is Mechanism

  title={Pain is Mechanism},
  author={Simon van Rysewyk},
In this chapter, I set the stage for the type identity theories given in Chapter Two and Chapter Three by assessing type identity theory of mind. There are five reasons to prefer type identity theory of mind to dualism: it has greater explanatory power; it is more respectful of philosophical and folk intuitions about the causal powers of qualia; it is simpler, it is supported by causal closure of the physical; and it is continuous with natural science. Using pain as the target mental state, I… CONTINUE READING

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