Date of Graduation
Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (PhD)
Second Committee Member
Philosophy, religion and theology, Identity theory, Multiple realization, Neural plasticity
A classic argument in the philosophy of mind is that the identity theory is false because mental state types are multiply realized in brain state types. In this dissertation I provide a detailed elaboration of the argument and a defense of it against a few of its prominent contemporary critics. Finally I offer empirical evidence from inter-species differences in humans and monkeys, and also from a case of extensive neural plasticity, which shows that mental state types are multiply realized in brain state types.
Barrett, David, "Defending the Multiple Realization Argument against the Identity Theory" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 459.