Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Terminology Tuesday: Mind-Body Problem

Mind-Body Problem: The difficulty of explaining how the mental activities of human beings relate to their living physical organisms. Historically, the most commonly accepted solutions have included mind-body dualism (Descartes), reductive materialism (Hobbes) or idealism (Berkeley), and the double aspect theory (Spinoza).

Although many contemporary philosophers accept some form of identity theory, they often rely on behavioral or functional methods of analyzing mental events and upon the achievements of neuroscience.1

1. Philosophical Dictionary at philosophypages.com.

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous June 13, 2012

    Interestingly, Thomas Nagel has written a new book primarily on this topic –>

    Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False (November 2012).