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Аргументът на Пътнам срещу философския бихевиоризъм
Putnam’s Argument against Philosophical Behaviourism

Author(s): Dimitar Elchinov
Subject(s): Metaphysics, Epistemology, Logic, Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: Putnam; behaviourism; Super-Spartans; behaviour; neuroscience

Summary/Abstract: This article presents a critique of Hillary Putnam’s influential argument against philosophical behaviourism, as expounded in his article “Brains and Behaviour”, dating from 1963. The author begins with a brief reconstruction of philosophical behaviourism as such, and his critique proceeds in parallel with the reconstruction of Putnam’s argument against it. The main problems the article identifies in this argument are: 1) that it is speculative and hence vague; 2) that it unfoundedly ascribes to philosophical behaviourism an ontological commitment, and attacks its empirical stance in a way suited for a critique of a metaphysical stance.

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 99-107
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English, Bulgarian