The Identity Theory Of Mind With Dualism

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Anooj Bathula
Exam 3
1. Compare and contrast the physicalist identity theory of mind with dualism about the mind.
“Physicalism is the position that everything that exists does so within the limits of its physical properties, and that there are no other kinds of things other than physical.”* To concisely describe physicalism in my words, it is the idea that we agree to everything being physical or in “flesh”. “In the philosophy of mind, dualism is the theory that the mental and the physical—or mind and body or mind and brain—are, in some sense, radically different kinds of thing.” Now to briefly describe dualism, it is the idea that emotions are entirely separate from our bodies; they are not a part of us.
I believe both physicalism and dualism to be somewhat imperfect in their own exclusive ways. To properly explain the two contrasting ideas it would be best to take what they both argue for or against. That’s why I have decided it would be best to use the concept of love; an emotion that can effortlessly make the differences between the two views and how the two compare apparent.
Love is something that dualists would probably say is undoubtedly separate from the physical body. The thing that can be argued is that you can 't simply point to love; you can 't open up your head and physically see the love there in your skull, so they would argue that it is clearly separate from the physical body. However, modern science has shown us that when someone is in love or has feelings
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