identity theory

identity theory

In the philosophy of mind, the doctrine that mental events are identical to physico-chemical events in the brain. So-called “type” identity theory asserts that each type of mental event, such as pain, is identical to some type of event in the brain, such as the firing of c-fibres. In response to objections based on the assumed “multiple realizability” of mental states, “token” identity theory makes the weaker claim that each token of a mental event, such as a particular pain, is identical to some token of a brain event of some type. Seealso mind-body problem.

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Identity Theory is a webzine of literature and culture, founded by University of Florida graduate Matt Borondy, established in 2000. Identity Theory is a non-profit website with substantial readership and a staff of over a dozen volunteers, including Robert Birnbaum. It offers author and band interviews, fiction writing, artwork, and reviews, with a liberal slant shown by its commitment to social justice.

Its roster of over 200 interviews includes authors Jonathan Ames, Azar Nafisi, Howard Zinn, Christopher Hitchens, James Ellroy, Ethan Hawke, and Chip Kidd, plus members of the bands Sleater-Kinney and Animal Collective.

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