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Philosophia Christi

Volume 20, Issue 1, 2018

Symposium on Dualism and Physicalism

Brandon Rickabaugh
Pages 31-41
DOI: 10.5840/pc20182015

The Primacy of the Mental
From Russellian Monism to Substance Dualism

I argue for the primacy of the mental from recent physicalists’ endorsements of phenomenal transparency and the nontransparency of the physical. I argue that the conjunction of these views shows that (1) arguments for dualism from introspection are difficult to resist; and (2) a kind of Hempel’s dilemma removes constraints that block substance dualism. This shows that (1) raises the probability of the primacy of the mental, while (2) lowers the probability of the primacy of the physical. Lastly, I argue that the conjunction of (1) and (2) raises the probability of substance dualism.