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Philosophia Christi

Volume 20, Issue 1, 2018

Symposium on Dualism and Physicalism

Angus Menuge, Jonathan J. Loose
Pages 7-11
DOI: 10.5840/pc20182012

Introduction to Symposium on Dualism and Physicalism

Routinely dismissed as a defeated position, substance dualism has seen a resurgence. This is partly due to a persistent failure of reductive physicalism to capture mental phenomena and to the instability of nonreductive alternatives. But it is also due to the return of the subject to center stage in the philosophy of mind and to the rich diversity of historical and contemporary theories of the soul. It is therefore time for a serious reevaluation of the merits of substance dualism by both dualists and their physicalist rivals, hence this symposium and the related book, The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism.