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Minds and Machines

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 463–470 | Cite as

The problem of the many minds

  • Bradley Monton
  • Sanford Goldberg
Article

Abstract

It is argued that, given certain reasonable premises, an infinite number of qualitatively identical but numerically distinct minds exist per functioning brain. The three main premises are (1) mental properties supervene on brain properties; (2) the universe is composed of particles with nonzero extension; and (3) each particle is composed of continuum many point-sized bits of particle-stuff, and these points of particlestuff persist through time.

Keywords

Mind Functionalism Supervenience Individuation 

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© Springer Science+Business Media 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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