anomalous monism

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anomalous monism

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(Philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that although all mental states consist merely in states of the brain, there exist no regular correspondences between classes of mental and physical states, and so no psychophysical laws. See also identity theory
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The second set of four papers in this collection was published before the first four and is said to involve "thinking along different lines." In these final chapters, anomolous monism is defended on non-Davidsonian grounds; functionalism is adjudged to be no more plausible than phenomenalism, which is said to be analogous to but incompatible with functionalism; and machine consciousness is said to require the selfsame unknown property that makes the brain--itself a machine--conscious.