Property Dualism

Desmond M. Clarke

in Descartes's Theory of Mind

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199261239
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597213 | DOI:
 Property Dualism

Show Summary Details


Mental and material qualities co‐exist in human beings. Descartes could not provide any account of how they co‐exit in the same subject and could not therefore support an identity theory. The property dualism with which he concludes is not a metaphysical theory but an indication of the limits of his explanatory project. The source of the problem is the Cartesian theory of matter and the undeveloped state neurology.

Keywords: concept of matter; identity theory; property dualism

Chapter.  11622 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.