Single Idea 3989

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 2. Reduction of Mind]

Full Idea

My reductionism about mind began as part of an a priori reductionism about everything.


Here, 'reductionism' means explaining everything in physical terms

Gist of Idea

I am a reductionist about mind because I am an a priori reductionist about everything


David Lewis (Lewis: reduction of mind (on himself) [1994], p.412)

Book Reference

'A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind', ed/tr. Guttenplan,Samuel [Blackwell 1995], p.412

A Reaction

He says this is 'a priori' to avoid giving hostages to fortune, but I think is the best explanation of the total evidence facing us