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9780739123843

Psycho-Physical Dualism Today An Interdisciplinary Approach

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  • ISBN13:

    9780739123843

  • ISBN10:

    073912384X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-09-26
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
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"Until quite recently, mind-body dualism has been regarded with deep suspicion by both philosophers and scientists due to the widespread identification of dualism in general with one particular version of it: the interactionist substance dualism of Rene Descartes. This traditional form of dualism has, ever since its first formulation in the seventeenth century, attracted numerous philosophical objections and is now almost universally rejected in scientific circles as empirically inadequate. During the last few years, however, renewed attention has begun to be paid to the dualistic point of view, as a result of increasing discontent with the prevailing materialism and reductionism of contemporary scientific and philosophical thought. Awareness has grown that dualism need not be restricted to its traditional form and that other varieties of dualism are not subject to the difficulties commonly raised against Descartes' own version of it." "Psycho-Physical Dualism Today provides philosophers, scientists, their students, and the wider general public with an up-to-date overview of current developments in dualistic conceptions of the mind in contemporary philosophy and science."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Psycho-Physical Dualism: Scientific Approaches
Developing Dualism: From Intuitive Understanding to Transcendental Ideasp. 3
Must Psychologists Be Dualists?p. 37
Mind, Brain, and Dualism in Modern Physicsp. 69
Discrete Degrees Within and Between Nature and Mindp. 99
Psycho-Physical Dualism: Philosophical Perspectives
Mutual Dependencies of the Mental and the Physicalp. 127
The Reductio of Reductive and Non-reductive Materialism- and a New Startp. 143
A Defence of Non-Cartesian Substance Dualismp. 167
Emergent Dualismp. 185
Concepts, Dualism, and the Human Intellectp. 211
Indexp. 235
About the Editorsp. 241
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