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Alpana Chakrabarty

Nationality: Indian

Gender: female

Date Of Brith: 01/03/1962

Present Position: Senior Lecturer

Awards Received:

1. Received Merit Scholarship from the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya.
2. Received Fellowship from the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.

Academic & Professional Qualifications:

Master M.A. North Eastern Hill University 1983
Ph.D Mind-Body Dualism North Eastern Hill University 1989


Position(s) Held:

1 Lecturer in the Shillong College, Shillong 1996 1998
2 Lecturer in the Christ King College, Shillong 1999 2002


Membership(s) of Societies/Association:

1. North East India Council of Social Science Research, Shillong.
2. Art of Living Foundation, Bangalore.

About the Author

Alpana Chakraborty holds M. Phil and Ph.D of the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. And is currently Lecturer in Philosophy at the NEHU-affiliated St. Anthony College.
A scholar with varied areas of interest and also member of several academic bodies, Dr. Chakraborty writes in both Bengali and English on different themes that range from mind-body dualism to existentialism.

Details of Articles

1. Mind Body Dualism - A Philosophical Investigation, The North Eastern Hill University - Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. VI, No. 1, 1988.
2. Metalinguistic Dualism - An Appraisal, The North Eastern Hill University - Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. VI, No. 4, 1988.
3. Persons and Human Bodies, The North Eastern Hill University - Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. VIII, No. 1, 1990.
4. The Theory of Complimentary and Mind Body Dualism : A Critique, Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XVII, No. 2, 1990.
5. Kapila in Folklore and History, The North Eastern Hill University - Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. IX, No.1, 1991.
6. Does Hobbes Belong to the Empiricist Tradition, The Visva Bharat - Journal of Philosophy, Vol. XXVIII, No. 1, 1991.
7. A Philosophical Inquiry Into the Nature and Function of Nominalism of Hobbes and Locks, Vol. XXXI, No. 1, 1994. The Visva Bharati Journal of Philosophy, Vol. XXXI, No. 1, 1994.
8. A Critical Analysis of John Locks Criterion of Personal Solarlity, Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XXIII, No. 3 and 4, 1996.
9. Does Aristotle Believe in LIberation? Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XXIX, No. 2 and 3, 2002
10. Karma Causation and Freedom in Buddhism (Abstract) Dept. of Philosophy, J.B. College, Jorhat, Assam, 2002.

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Mind-Body Dualism

How do we (basically) conceptualize a human being or, say, any 'person'? Is he just his 'body'? Or a 'mind' too -- besides his 'body'? What, then, is 'mind', or how is it related to 'body'? And since 'body' is destructible, does man have 'disembodied existence' as well? Addressing these age-old questions of fundamental importance, the book focusses on mind-body dualism. Which, despite its exposure to scathing criticisms, and even outright repudiations, has survived as a powerful dualistic tradition.

Alpana Chakraborty's study is not a critique of mind-body dualism; but a coherent, quintessential review of the philosophical thinking that has, since Descartes' time, been invested in the shaping of this dualistic tradition, its theoretical parameters and its key issues. Also setting out Western concepts of 'person', 'disembodied existence/survival', and 'bodily resurrection', the author considers the Cartesian view of mind-body dualism, and how it compares with the dualism of traditional Indian Samkhya philosophy.

In her effort to spell out issues central to mind-body interaction, Dr. Chakraborty develops a vast historical framework from the acknowledged treatises/theories of Cottinghum, Don Locke, Gilbert Ryle, C.D. Broad, C.J. Ducasse, Nichlos Bohr, P.F. Srawson, and other Western philosophers -- including the very recent theories of 'Complementarity' and 'Meta-Linguistic Dualism'.

Invaluable to the scholars of philosophy, metaphysics and psychology.