Contemporary Dualism: A Defense

2014.10.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrea Lavazza and Howard Robinson (eds.), Contemporary Dualism: A Defense, Routledge, 2014, 292pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.10.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrea Lavazza and Howard Robinson (eds.), Contemporary Dualism: A Defense, Routledge, 2014, 292pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780415818827. Reviewed by Lynne Rudder Baker, University of Massachusetts Amherst This is a brave book. Dualism, the editors tell us, "has a bad reputation," and they seeks to revive mind-body dualism as a "progressive research programme." (Introduction 7, 5) Despite its "bad reputation" among mainstream philosophers, the book is testimony to the vibrancy of dualism today. With fourteen different papers (including the introduction), the absence of a single specific thesis of dualism is not surprising. With some exceptions (e.g., Martina Fürst, 130, n.1), the authors seem to think that we all know what physicalism or materialism is, and they have various conceptions of what physicalism or materialism (allegedly) cannot explain. The collection is divided into four sections: The Limits of. . .

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