Mind-Body DualismA Philosophical Investigation by: Alpana Chakrabarty
The study reviews the philosophical thinking that has, since Descartes time, been invested in the shaping of this dualistic tradition. It compares the Cartesian view of mind-body dualism with the dualism of traditional Samkhya philosophy.
Year Of Publication: 1997
Pages : ix, 270
Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
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 Chakrabortys 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.
3. Disembodied Existence
4. Concept of Person
5. Dualism of Samkhya