Edited by Andrea Lavazza, Howard Robinson
To Be Published November 1st 2013 by Routledge – 240 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 roughly divided into two groups: (1) those focusing on an empirical research area that bears upon a dualist interpretation of the mind-body relation, and (2) those focusing on arguments whose premises are drawn from a variety of considerations and whose conclusions are strongly supportive of some form of ontological dualism.
1. Introduction Andrea Lavazza and Howard Robinson Part 1: The Limits of Materialism 2. Materialism and the Mind: The Interpretation Question David Lund 3. Materialism and the Mind: The Truth Question Uwe Meixner 4. Consequences of Materialism on Mind Andrea Lavazza Part 2: Dualism and Empirical Research 5. Perceptual experience and property dualism Martina Fürst 6. Neuroscience and Dualism Christopher Smith 7. Quantum Physics and the Mind Henry Stapp Part 3: Cartesian (Substance) Dualism 8. What Makes Me Me? A Defense of Substance Dualism Richard Swinburne 9. The Importance of Being Conscious Charles Taliaferro 10. Dualism in the Cartesian Spirit Howard Robinson Part 4: Non Cartesian Dualism 11. Non-Cartesian Substantial Dualism E. J. Lowe 12. Emergent Dualism: A Mediating View of the Nature of Human Beings William Hasker 13. Dualism Ralph C. S. Walker 14. Dualism, Dual-Aspectism, and Neutral Monism David Skrbina
Andrea Lavazza is a fellow at the Centro Universitario Internazionale, Italy.
Howard Robinson 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.