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In a well-crafted essay of at least 1 page, but no more than 2 pages (Double-Spaced, 12 point font, 1″ margins all around, MLA style, including a works cited page) answer all of the following questions as clearly and completely as you can based on your understanding of David Armstrong’s “The Nature of Mind”. (You do not need to consult any other material besides Armstrong’s essay in order to complete this assignment.)
1. Why does Armstrong believe that science furnishes the best clue we have to the nature of mind?
2. A natural attempt at a scientific explanation of the nature of mind is provided by a theory Armstrong calls a “very crude version” of behaviorism. Explain this Naive Behaviorism and the “obvious objection” Armstrong believes it is open to.
3. A better version of behaviorism is provided by Gilbert Ryle’s Dispositional Theory. First explain the general notion of a disposition, and then state and explain Ryle’s Dispositional Behaviorism. Why does Armstrong think Dispositional Behaviorism is “unsatisfactory as a theory of mind”.
4. State and carefully explain the theory of the nature of mind that Armstrong ultimately recommends.
This one needs to be tightly argued. Get through 1 and 2 above rather quickly, but go slowly on 3 and 4. Armstrong discusses an example about the brittleness of glass when explaining the general notion of a disposition. You might want to do the same thing.
Why science? 2 pts
Naïve Behaviorism 1 pts
Objection to Naïve Behaviorism 1 pts
Dispositional Behaviorism 2 pts
Objection to Dispositional Behaviorism 2 pts
Materialism 2 pts


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