عنوان مقاله [English]
According to eliminative materialism, folk psychology, as a common-sense theory about human behavior, is false; that is, most or all mental states that are posited by this theory do not exist, and hence its terms refer to nothing real. So, the eliminitivist believes that folk psychology should be rejected and replaced by scientific psychology. In this paper, after explaining the arguments for and against eliminativism, we will try to show that folk psychology is not a false theory, and mental states and entities do exist. Moreover, by making a distinction between knowledge by presence and non-presential knowledge, it will be shown that we can provide a further strong argument against eliminativism. Our knowledge to mental states such as beliefs, desires, hopes, fears and the like is knowledge by presence such that we find these entities without any doubt and immediately in our minds. So, rejecting their actuality by eliminativism is not justified.