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Journal of Philosophical Research

Volume 17, 1992

Russell A. Lascola
Pages 279-286

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.

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