Why Materialism is a Self-refuting Theory
Identity theorists expect that future scientific research will establish their hypothesis. In my last chapter I gave my reasons for doubting that their expectations would be fulfilled. I now argue that even if apparently convincing evidence were to be produced in favour of the identity hypothesis, the theory could not possibly be established, for the very act of producing the evidence would suffice to demonstrate its falsity. As an ancient Hindu manual puts it, ‘That which enables me to say “I have no soul”, is itself the soul’1
KeywordsIdentity Theory Rational Thought Free Agent Moral Choice Ethical Choice
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