Ideas of Michael Lockwood, by Theme

[British, fl. 1990, Taught by A.J.Ayer. Of Green College, Oxford, and Director of Philosophy at Rewley House, Oxford.]

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1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 6. Despair over Philosophy
There is nothing so obvious that a philosopher cannot be found to deny it
1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 3. Necessary/Sufficient Conditions
There may only be necessary and sufficient conditions (and counterfactuals) because we intervene in the world
1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 5. Against Analysis
No one has ever succeeded in producing an acceptable non-trivial analysis of anything
3. Truth / C. Correspondence Truth / 3. Correspondence Truth critique
If something is described in two different ways, is that two facts, or one fact presented in two ways?
7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 1. Realism
How does a direct realist distinguish a building from Buckingham Palace?
11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 4. Belief / f. Animal beliefs
Dogs seem to have beliefs, and beliefs require concepts
11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 1. Perceptual Realism / b. Direct realism
Commonsense realism must account for the similarity of genuine perceptions and known illusions
12. Knowledge Sources / D. Empiricism / 1. Empiricism
Empiricism is a theory of meaning as well as of knowledge
15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 5. Unity of Mind
Brain bisection suggests unity of mind isn't all-or-nothing
15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 8. Brain
A 1988 estimate gave the brain 3 x 10-to-the-14 synaptic junctions
15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 2. Unconscious Mind
How come unconscious states also cause behaviour?
Could there be unconscious beliefs and desires?
15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 7. Blindsight
Fish may operate by blindsight
17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 3. Panpsychism
Can phenomenal qualities exist unsensed?
17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 8. Dualism of Mind Critique
If mental events occur in time, then relativity says they are in space
17. Mind and Body / B. Behaviourism / 4. Behaviourism Critique
Only logical positivists ever believed behaviourism
17. Mind and Body / E. Physicalism / 3. Eliminativism
Identity theory likes the identity of lightning and electrical discharges
19. Language / B. Meaning / 3. Meaning as Verification
Perhaps logical positivism showed that there is no dividing line between science and metaphysics
19. Language / D. Theories of Reference / 4. Descriptive Reference / a. Sense and reference
An identity statement aims at getting the hearer to merge two mental files
24. Applied Ethics / C. Death Issues / 3. Abortion
It isn't obviously wicked to destroy a potential human being (e.g. an ununited egg and sperm)
I may exist before I become a person, just as I exist before I become an adult
If the soul is held to leave the body at brain-death, it should arrive at the time of brain-creation
26. Natural Theory / B. Concepts of Nature / 4. Time / i. Time and change
We have the confused idea that time is a process of change
26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 3. General Causation / b. Nomological causation
Maybe causation is a form of rational explanation, not an observation or a state of mind