[Wittrs] Re: Dualism Cooties: Ontologically Basic Ambiguity: Cartesianism

  • From: Gordon Swobe <gts_2000@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 06:50:55 -0700 (PDT)

"Another rhetorical device for disguising the implausible is to give the 
commonsense view a name and then deny it by name and not by content. Thus, it 
is very hard even in the present era to come right out and say, 'No human being 
has ever been conscious.' Rather, the sophisticated philosopher gives the view 
that people are sometimes conscious a name, for example, 'the Cartesian 
intuition,' then he or she sets about challenging, questioning, denying 
something described as 'the Cartesian intuition'… And just to give this 
maneuver a name, I will call it the 'give-it-a-name' maneuver." 

- Searle in _Rediscovery of Mind_, referring to the tactics of eliminative 


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