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Psycho-Physical Dualism Today : An Interdisciplinary Approach - Alessandro Antonietti

Psycho-Physical Dualism Today

An Interdisciplinary Approach

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Until quite recently, mind-body dualism has been regarded with deep suspicion by both philosophers and scientists. This has largely been due to the widespread identification of dualism in general with one particular version of it: the interactionist substance dualism of RZnZ 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. Interest in these alternative versions of dualism is growing fast today, because it seems that they are capable of capturing deep-seated philosophical intuitions, while also being fully consistent with the methodological assumptions and empirical findings of modern scientific work on the human mind and brain. The object of this book is to provide 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.

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2
Chapter I. Psycho-Physical Dualism: Scientific Approaches
Chapter 3 Developing Dualism: From Intuitive Understanding to Transcendental Ideas
Chapter 4 Must Psychologists Be Dualists?
Chapter 5 Mind, Brain, and Dualism in Modern Physics
Chapter 6 Discrete Degrees Within and Between Nature and Mind
Chapter 7
Chapter II. Psycho-Physical Dualism: Philosophical Perspectives
Chapter 8 Mutual Dependencies of the Mental and the Physical
Chapter 9 The Reductio of Reductive and Non-reductive Materialism?and a New Start
Chapter 10 A Defense of Non-Cartesian Substance Dualism
Chapter 11 Emergent Dualism
Chapter 12 Concepts, Dualism, and the Human Intellect

ISBN: 9780739131008
ISBN-10: 0739131001
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 26th September 2008
Publisher: University Press of America