Volume 17, 1992
Russell A. Lascola
A Common Sense Approach to the Mind-Body Problem
A Critique of Richard Taylor
In a popular book and a widely anthologized article, Richard Taylor argues for a materialistic account of human nature based on considerations of common sense. While I do not argue against materialism, per se, I offer an extended critique of Taylor’s position that common sense unambiguously supports his version of materialism. I also argue that his account of the nature of psychological processes is of dubious philosophical value.