Friday, September 23, 2011

Patricia Churchland on eliminative materialism

Below is a video of philosopher Patricia Churchland discussing eliminativism AKA eliminative materialism. Note that it's probably fair to say of Patricia Churchland (as well as her husband philosopher Paul Churchland) that she is not a full-blown eliminativist, but instead subscribes to a blend of eliminativism and the identity theory: Some folk-psychological concepts (perhaps the concept of belief) should be thrown out in favor of neuroscientific ones, while others (perhaps learning and representation) can be retained and reduced to neuroscientific ones (maybe with some mild revision along the way).