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PHILOSOPHY PATHWAYS                   ISSN 2043-0728

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Issue No. 213 6th July 2017

CONTENTS

Special mind-body dualism issue

I.'I might not have been the author of this article: An argument for mind-body dualism' by Geoffrey Klempner

II. 'Why am I here? (2013 YouTube video transcription)' by Geoffrey Klempner

III. 'Hedgehog Philosopher (Extracts 2010-2011)' by Geoffrey Klempner

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FROM THE LIST MANAGER

It will soon be approaching two years since I last had an issue of Philosophy Pathways all to myself (Philosophy Pathways 197 'Special Blogging Issue', 27 October 2015). I hope that you will indulge me. I have some new ideas I would like to share, and would very much appreciate some feedback. I have changed my mind about something that I thought was settled and beyond doubt: the truth of physicalism [...]

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I. 'I MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE: AN ARGUMENT FOR MIND-BODY DUALISM' BY GEOFFREY KLEMPNER

Appealing to Nietzsche's idea of the Eternal Recurrence, in this piece I consider a possible world where I did not exist, everything else remaining the same. The individual who came from the same sperm and egg as the author of this article, might not have been I. This is presented as an argument for interactionist dualism. While Descartes argued that I might have existed even if the world did not, I argue that the world -- this same world -- might have existed even though I did not [...]

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II. 'WHY AM I HERE? (2013 YOUTUBE VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION' BY GEOFFREY KLEMPNER

Why don't I just say what I've got to say and not worry, really not worry too much about how it looks. This is a hand... This is a hand... Once upon a time, there was a philosopher called G.E. Moore who thought he could prove the existence of an external world -- by doing what I've just done now. It's a question worth asking, What makes philosophers think that a certain sequence of words constitutes a proof of something? [...]

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III. 'HEDGEHOG PHILOSOPHER (EXTRACTS 2010-2011)' BY GEOFFREY KLEMPNER

What is it that I see?' -- An illusion. That's what I once called it. The Cartesian theatre, or the infinite regress of homunculi are merely naive expressions of that illusion, which reaches its ultimate refinement in the transcendental solipsism of Wittgenstein's Tractatus: 'The self of solipsism shrinks to a point of no extension, and there remains the reality co-ordinated with it' (5.64). Then I underwent an inexplicable conversion. And as a result came to believe that solipsism can be partially true [...]

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(c) Geoffrey Klempner 2011, 2017

Email: klempner@fastmail.net


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