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Eliminativists believe that there is something fundamentally mistaken about the common-sense conception of the mind Elimin-ativists suggest that for man to move forward in his understanding of the mind he must drop part or all of this common sense conception in favor of one which does not use notions such as belief experience sensations and the like The rationale for this suggestion is that these notions are fraught with conceptual difficulties as well as being recalcitrant to any reduction to natural science Eliminativist propose to replace common sense conception with a materialist or physicalist conception and for this reason they are referred to as eliminative materialistsWV Quine can be considered Eliminativist Many believe Quine is an Eliminativist since his remarks about materialism and the mind often seem to occur when his interest is in understanding and linguistic representation Such Eliminativist remarks are found throughout his writings in States of Mind One example would be A mental state is not always manifested in behavior Physically construed it is a state of nerves In States of Mind Quine disagrees with the concept of dualisim which submits that the mind and body are two separate entities that interact and influence each other Quine says we are all one substance and our mental state is also our physical state This means that our mental states are equal to our neural statesphysical states He clearly states his meaning here The only change is that we reckon mental states as states of the body rather than as states of another substance the mind pg 287 The Nature of Mind Where as dualists see that the physical and mental states as separate states or entitiesEliminativists use terms one associates with mental states to refer to bodily state Thus they are also physicalists They believe that observed behavior of the body results in the naming of our mental statesQuine reflects on how we learn the mentalistic terms to give reinforcement
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