One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Person

Abstract

due to be published in Mind and Its Place in Nature, edd Alexander Batthyany, Dimitri Constant, & Avshalom Elitzur (Ontos Verlag)

Substance dualism is often dismissed as being unempirical or unscientific, though the precise nature of this claim is rarely explained in any detail. Even more often, its critics claim that there are actually empirical grounds to reject it. In this paper I argue that such criticisms are in principle ill thought through, and contrary to the spirit and methods of genuine philosophy, and that they are in any case groundless. As a further response to the former criticism, I describe a possible (if unlikely) empirical experiment that would stand as a genuine empirical test of dualism.


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