Psycho-Physical Dualism Today: An Interdisciplinary Approach

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Alessandro Antonietti, Antonella Corradini, Jonathan E. Lowe
Lexington Books, Sep 26, 2008 - Philosophy - 258 pages
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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.

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From Intuitive Understandingto Transcendental Ideas
Chapter 2 Must Psychologists Be Dualists?
Chapter 3 Mind Brain and Dualismin Modern Physics
Chapter 4 Discrete Degrees Within and Between Nature and Mind
Chapter 5 Mutual Dependencies of the Mental and the Physical
Chapter 6 The Reductio of Reductive and Nonreductive Materialismand a New Start
Chapter 7 A Defence of NonCartesian Substance Dualism
Chapter 8 Emergent Dualism
Chapter 9 Concepts Dualism and The Human Intellect

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Alessandro Antonietti is the director of the Master Creativity and Personal Empowerment through Drama Methodologies program at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan. Antonella Corradini is associate professor of philosophy of social sciences at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan. E. Jonathan Lowe is professor of philosophy at the University of Durham.

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