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E. Brian Davies

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199219186

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219186.001.0001

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Theories of the Mind

Theories of the Mind

(p.33) 2 Theories of the Mind
Science in the Looking Glass

E. Brian Davies

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the beliefs of Plato and Descartes. It starts with a discussion of Plato, because many mathematicians declare themselves to be Platonists. It then turns to Descartes' argument that mind/soul and body/matter are entirely different types of entity. The final section of the chapter looks at the current debate about the problem of the existence of consciousness. It explains why current computers should not be regarded as conscious, and that we ourselves are conscious of only a small proportion of the activity in our brains.

Keywords:   Plato, Descartes, mind-body dualism, mathematical Platonism, consciousness

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