Volume 13 · Number 3 · Pages 348–350
Conflating the Concept with the Thing

Itay Shani

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Open peer commentary on the article “Conflating Abstraction with Empirical Observation: The False Mind-Matter Dichotomy” by Bernardo Kastrup. Upshot: Kastrup’s attempt to undermine the dichotomy between mind and matter is interesting but it leaves much to be desired. In particular, it suffers from the following three difficulties. First, it is predicated on a misguided working definition of dichotomy. Second, it conflates the concept of matter with the putative denotation of that concept. Lastly, it effectively presupposes the refutation of materialism, making it pointless to argue (as he does) that materialism is epistemically more costly than idealism.


Shani I. (2018) Conflating the concept with the thing. Constructivist Foundations 13(3): 348–350. http://constructivist.info/13/3/348

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