Philosophy of Mind
Introduction Dualism Behaviourism Identity Theory Functionalism Dennett


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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.