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Epistemological Foundations for a Materialist Theory of the Mind

D. M. Armstrong
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 40, No. 2 (Jun., 1973), pp. 178-193
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/186380
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Abstract

A philosophy might take its general inspiration from (1) commonsense; (2) careful observation; (3) philosophical argumentation; (4) the sciences; (5) "higher" sources of illumination. It is argued in this paper that it is bedrock commonsense, and the sciences, which are the most reliable foundations for a philosophy. This result is applied to the discussion and defense of a materialist theory of the mind.

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