Contemporary Dualism: A Defense

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Andrea Lavazza, Howard Robinson
Routledge, Feb 3, 2014 - Philosophy - 292 pages

Ontological materialism, in its various forms, has become the orthodox view in contemporary philosophy of mind. This book provides a variety of defenses of mind-body dualism, and shows (explicitly or implicitly) that a thoroughgoing ontological materialism cannot be sustained. The contributions are intended to show that, at the very least, ontological dualism (as contrasted with a dualism that is merely linguistic or epistemic) constitutes a philosophically respectable alternative to the monistic views that currently dominate thought about the mind-body (or, perhaps more appropriately, person-body) relation.

 

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Contents

What How and Why
1
PART 1 The Limits of Materialism
15
PART 2 Dualism and Empirical Research
79
PART 3 Cartesian Substance Dualism
137
PART 4 NonCartesian Dualism
189
Contributors
267
References
269
Index
285
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Andrea Lavazza is a research fellow at the Centro Universitario Internazionale, Italy.

Howard Robinson is CEU Provost/Academic Pro-Rector of the Central European University, Hungary and Professor of Philosophy and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, UK.

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