In defence of Churchland-style eliminative materialism: Objections and replies
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CitationTümkaya, S. (2022). In defence of Churchland-style eliminative materialism: Objections and replies. South African Journal of Philosophy, 41(4), 347-359. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02580136.2023.2199607
The Churchlands are notorious for their theory of eliminative materialism (EM). This theory has become associated with scientism and a possible death of philosophy. In this article, I will closely examine the most common accusations made against EM and try to give an overall assessment of them. The conclusion is that EM survives most of the criticisms levelled against it. For sure, there are many things to do to improve on the current form of the theory, but none of them seems to be unsurpassable. The charges of blind enthusiasm, reductionism, neuroscience exceptionalism and scientism originate from widespread misconceptions about the nature of actual science. Furthermore, the objection that EM is self-defeating is answered.