Ideas of Thomas W. Polger, by Theme

[American, fl. 2004, Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati.]

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12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 2. Qualities in Perception / d. Secondary qualities
The taste of chocolate is a 'finer-grained' sensation than the taste of sweetness
16. Persons / E. Self as Mind / 2. Psychological Continuity
The mind and the self are one, and the mind-self is a biological phenomenon
17. Mind and Body / C. Functionalism / 5. Teleological Functionalism
A mummified heart has the teleological function of circulating blood
Teleological functions explain why a trait exists; causal-role functions say what it does
Teleological notions of function say what a thing is supposed to do
17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 1. Physical Mind
Identity theory says consciousness is an abstraction: a state, event, process or property
17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 7. Anti-Physicalism / b. Multiple realisability
Neuroscience does not support multiple realisability, and tends to support identity