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Archives of Clinical Psychiatry (São Paulo)

versão impressa ISSN 0101-6083

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ALMEDER, Robert. Materialistic objections against cartesian dualism. Rev. psiquiatr. clín. [online]. 2013, vol.40, n.4, pp.150-156. ISSN 0101-6083.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-60832013000400005.

I discuss five basic objections materialists often raise to Cartesian Mind-Body Dualism: (1). It is not empirically testable or confirmable; (2). It is in principle testable and confirmable, but unconfirmed; (3). It is testable and confirmable, but has been shown false; (4). It is unnecessary to explain anything; and (5). It cannot serve to explain anything. I will show how unsatisfactory all these objections are. If I am right in what I argue the reductionist posture of contemporary materialism against the existence of Cartesian Immaterial Substances as causal agents in explaining human behavior, is demonstrably more dogma than anything else. Moreover, the promise of reductive materialism to explain human personality, consciousness, and behavior is unlikely ever to be fulfilled.

Palavras-chave : Mind-body relations; reductive materialism; mind-body dualism; materialistic explanations; psychology.

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