In Defense of Teleological Behaviorism

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Abstract

Teleological behaviorism (TEB) is a behavioral identity theory that denies what seems to be the intuitively obvious notion that our minds are contained in our bodies—more specifically, in our brains. TEB holds, instead, that our minds are identical with abstract, temporally, and socially extended patterns in our overt behavior. TEB depends not on efficient causes but on a wide (or inclusive) version of final causes. This article illustrates how TEB accounts for mental acts and defends it against other theories of mind such as neural identity theory and double-aspect theories.

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