<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Physicalism (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_17/PaperSummary_17864.htm">Thesis - Physicalism</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/T/Author_Todman (Theo).htm">Todman (Theo)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: </th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17864.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_13.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><ul type="disc"><li>This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note '<a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_13.htm">Physicalism</A><SUP>1</SUP>' during my Thesis research, as from 2011. </li><li>For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above. </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><hr><br><B><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17864_2">Write-up</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17864_2"></A></u> (as at 11/03/2018 20:19:41): Physicalism</B><BR><br><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17864_3">Plug Note</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17864_3"></A></u><ul type="disc"><li>Basically, I reject any form of mind-body <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_124.htm">dualism</A><SUP>4</SUP> or immaterialist monism. There are no <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_100.htm">souls</A><SUP>5</SUP>, if a soul is an immaterial substance separable from a <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_18.htm">body</A><SUP>6</SUP>. </li><li>But, I need to investigate <a name="14"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/Z/Author_Zimmerman (Dean).htm">Dean Zimmerman</A> s recent  emergent dualism (see <a name="13"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_11/Abstract_11688.htm">Zimmerman (Dean) - Reply to Baker's 'Christians Should Reject Mind-Body Dualism'</A>"), despite the fact that his main motivation is a desire to conform to a traditionalist reading of Christian doctrine. </li><li>Given my focus on physicalism, I will need to give some attention to the identity and <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_91.htm">persistence criteria</A><SUP>7</SUP> of material objects as such. </li><li>There are too many versions of physicalism for its endorsement to deliver much without clarification, so I will need to pursue the matter in some detail. </li><li>For the moment, I simply wish to note (or claim) that:<ol type="1"><li> The physical encompasses both body and <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_55.htm">brain</A><SUP>8</SUP> (ie. the <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_15.htm">physical criterion</A><SUP>9</SUP> of personal identity would be satisfied if continuity of brain were essential for the persistence of the person). </li><li>The brain is more important than other physical organs for the persistence of the <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_74.htm">human being</A><SUP>10</SUP> or the <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_75.htm">human person</A><SUP>11</SUP>. </li></ol></li><li>Consequently, I think it worthwhile to conduct a detailed investigation into the functional roles of the various parts of the brain, CNS (Central Nervous System) and PNS (peripheral ...) and how these and the residue of the body are coupled together. Such matters may be relevant to the realism of the various <a name="10"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiments</A><SUP>12</SUP> about <a name="11"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_104.htm">brain transplants</A><SUP>13</SUP>, cerebrum transplants and such-like. </li><li>It is, however, debatable how important these details are. For example, debates seem to continue about the possible identity of pain and C-fibre-firing, when it s now acknowledged by all the participants in such debates that the physical realisation of pain-states in mammals requires a lot more than C-fibres. The assumption seems to be that the details don t matter and that similar arguments could be constructed whatever the physical realisation of mental states might be.</li><li>Works on this topic that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17864_14">I ve actually read</A></U><SUB>14</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17864_14"></A>, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17864_15">include</A></U><SUB>15</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17864_15"></A> the following:- <ol type="i"><li></li></ol></li><li>A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:- <ol type="i"><li></li></ol></li><li>This is mostly a <a name="12"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_737.htm">place-holder</A><SUP>16</SUP>. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list. </li></ul><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P17864_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17864_2"><B>Footnote 2</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (11/03/2018 20:19:41). </li><li><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_13.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17864_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17864_3"><B>Footnote 3</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>A number of my philosophical Notes are  promissory notes currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned. </li><li>I ve decided to add some text  whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive  for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.</li><li>As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance. </li><li>The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17864_14"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17864_14"><B>Footnote 14</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Frequently I ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note. </li><li>In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time. </li><li>In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course. </li><li>My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17864_15"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17864_15"><B>Footnote 15</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I may have read others in between updates of this Note  in which case they will be marked as such in the  References and Reading List below.</li><li>Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected. </li></ul> <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></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="2018-08-13T13:21" pubdate>13/08/2018 13:21:59</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>