[Wittrs] Dualism Cooties: Chalmers, the Misdemeanor Dualist

  • From: Joseph Polanik <jpolanik@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 02:44:19 -0400

SWM wrote:

>As to Chalmers, Searle himself, in The Mystery of Consciousness,
>accuses him of dualism and panpsychism to boot. In that article we read
>on Analytic we saw that Searle doesn't think dualism has any
>significant implication for the issues connected with mind unless it
>equates to what you and he call "substance dualism". And I tend to
>agree with that.

okay so we have a de facto classification scheme. substance dualism is like felony dualism. property dualism is like misdemeanor dualism. phenomenological dualism is hardly more than traffic ticket dualism.

>I am not prepared to pronounce on Chalmers because I haven't read
>enough of him. ...

[... wait for it ...]

>From what I have read of Chalmers he is dualistic in an ontological
>sense ... but achieves this by proposing ... a fifth bottom line
>unexplained principle to go along with the four physics currently
>posits: gravity, electromagnetism, strong nuclear attraction, weak
>nuclear attraction. Chalmers argues that the only way to explain the
>occurrence of consciousness in the universe is to suppose there is at
>least one more principle or force.

where does he say that?



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