The mind-body problem

In The Mind-Body Problem: A Guide to the Current Debate. Cambridge: Blackwell (1994)
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* Argument from authoritative self-knowledge 1. We have a "privileged access" to our own mental states in the sense we have the authority on what mental states we are in. 2. Through introspection, we are aware of our mental states but not aware of them as physical states of any sort or as functional states. 3. Therefore, our mental states cannot be physical states

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Sydney Shoemaker
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