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David Lewis

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780195032048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195032047.001.0001

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Mad Pain and Martian Pain

Mad Pain and Martian Pain

(p.122) Nine Mad Pain and Martian Pain
Philosophical Papers Volume I

David Lewis

Oxford University Press

Lewis invites us to consider two ostensible challenges to any materialist theory of the mind. The madman feels pain just as we do, but his pain differs greatly from ours in its characteristic causes and effects; the Martian also feels pain just as we do, but his pain differs greatly from ours in its physical realization. Lewis argues that his functionalist theory is adequate to meet the challenges presented by both cases. In the postscript, Lewis considers how advocates of phenomenal qualia respond to the functionalist account he defends; in particular, he responds to Frank Jackson's ‘knowledge argument’.

Keywords:   Armstrong, functionalism, Frank Jackson, materialism, pain, phenomenal, qualia, type‐identity

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