<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Murray (David) - Disembodied Brains (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6689.htm">Disembodied Brains</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/M/Author_Murray (David).htm">Murray (David)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 1969-70, 121-140</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6689.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PapersToNotes_6689.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Author s Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>A recurrent fantasy appears among defenders of the Mind-Brain Identity Thesis, or Central-State Materialism: that of a disembodied brain. It is floating in vitro, and it is studded with electrodes which are wired to something or other; people look at it and say to each other,  It has a mind! or even  It is a mind! and on some accounts they send messages and it responds. </li><li>The  logical possibility , or  intelligibility , of this fantasy is said to show  the impossibility of behaviorism or quasi-behaviorism , or  of putting forward Behaviorism as the whole truth about the concept of mind . </li><li>If that were all, one might judge it a weak instrument employed in a good cause, and pass on; but the supposition that it is  intelligible prompts further reflection. Materialists seem generally to class not only Malcolm and Ryle, but also <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>1</SUP>, as (at least) quasi-behaviorists; so if something might be truly or intelligible said of a disembodied brain which <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgensteinian</A><SUP>2</SUP> doctrine must deny to be so sayable, it is a matter of some importance. </li><li>I shall ask, what should we say about a brain in vitro? And then, what has this got to do with <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>3</SUP>? And then, what has this got to do with Materialism?</li></ol> </FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T06:49" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:49:23</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>