The problem of the many minds

Bradley Monton, Sanford Goldberg*

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It is argued that, given certain reasonable premises, an infinite number of qualitatively identical but numerically distinct minds exist per functioning brain. The three main premises are (1) mental properties supervene on brain properties; (2) the universe is composed of particles with nonzero extension; and (3) each particle is composed of continuum many point-sized bits of particle-stuff, and these points of particlestuff persist through time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-470
Number of pages8
JournalMinds and Machines
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Functionalism
  • Individuation
  • Mind
  • Supervenience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Artificial Intelligence

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