Philosophy of Mind
Introduction Dualism Behaviourism Identity Theory Functionalism Dennett

Behaviourism:

 
 
 
  Mental Privacy
 
  Category Mistakes
 
 
  Summary
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  Summary
 

As we have seen, behaviourism is a fundamentally reductionist theory of mind that attempts to explain mental events in terms of observable physical events. In doing this is produces a theory of mind which is basically materialistic – although, as Gilbert Ryle argued, to talk of “mental” or “physical” is really only to fall into the trap laid by Cartesian dualism since really there is only one world.