Is Lewis's Mixed Theory Mixed Up?
Article first published online: 11 APR 2012
© 2012 Stiftelsen Theoria
Volume 79, Issue 1, pages 57–75, February 2013
How to Cite
RAVEN, M. J. (2013), Is Lewis's Mixed Theory Mixed Up?. Theoria, 79: 57–75. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-2567.2012.01132.x
- Issue published online: 8 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 11 APR 2012
- David Lewis
My aim is to rekindle interest in David Lewis's (1983) infamous but neglected Mixed Theory of mental states. The Mixed Theory is a mix of physicalism and functionalism designed to capture the intuitions that both Martians and abnormal human Madmen can be in pain. The Mixed Theory is widely derided. But I offer a new development of the Mixed Theory immune to its most prominent objections. In doing so, I uncover a new motivation for the Mixed Theory: its unique ability to explain cases in which it is plausibly indeterminate whether something is in pain. The Mixed Theory, whether or not it is ultimately correct, at least deserves renewed attention.