Eliminative materialism

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Eliminative materialism is the claim that psychological concepts of behaviour and experience should be judged by how well they reduce to the biological level.


  • To deny consciousness ... is a relief to an overtaxed and self-impeded generation; it seems a blessed simplification. It gets rid of the undemocratic notion that by being very reflective, circumspect and subtle you might discover something that most people do not see.
    • George Santayana, “Philosophical opinion in America,” The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy (1967), p. 108

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