Monday, May 13, 2013

A Modal Argument for Mind-Body Dualism

I don't consider this argument a proof, largely because the first premise is so controversial.  The physicalist will argue that the mind is an essential part of the body and cannot even possibly be separated.  Still, I think intuition is on the side of the dualist and, as a result, the argument is rationally acceptable.

1. Possibly, the mind exists apart from the body. (Premise)

2. Necessarily, if a separation between two entities is possible, then the two entities are distinct. (Premise)

3. Therefore, the mind is distinct from the body. (From 1 and 2)

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