The Mind-body Dualism Split

 
 
 
 
This research examines the mind-body dualism split in the history of psychology. The research will review the philosophical background of dualism and then discuss how the legacy of philosophical dualism informed the emergence of psychological theory and its application in practice over the course of the 20th century.

What must be appreciated about the debate over dualism in psychology and philosophy is that in each of these disciplines, most answers are either partial or always subject to further debate, not only on account of conceptually creative theory but also on account of the accumulation of an increasing body of new, scientifically verifiable knowledge and information about how body and mind function. The dualism debate arose in the ancient period, not solely between Plato and Aristotle but in part because their metaphysics answered questions about the nature of reality and existence differently.

Plato's doctrine of Ideal forms illustrates one view. The nature of reality is a persistent Platonic theme, and the preoccupation with reality of existence per se is bound up with what is real about human experience in particular. For Plato, what is most real about it, i.e., what drives it and gives it meaning, is what cannot be seen but what can be conceptualized. The Ideal Forms are real entities that "our minds may learn to recognize as permanent realities, continually imparting their unchanging form and character to the transient flux of mortality on our earth" (Loomis 1

     
 
 
 
    

 

Related Essays

Rene Descartes .... Modern interpretations of the split between the body and the mind - central to .... The dualism inherent in Cartesian philosophy allows some of this wiggle room .... (1786 7 )

Aristotle and Modern Psychology .... Again, there is preference expressed in this dualism, in that soul and the animate are .... In other words, he divorced the mind from the body, seeing it as .... (1324 5 )

The Fashion Industry & Eating Disorders .... ever guided on by mysterious operations of the mind. .... manifest as an eating disorder and philosophical dualism. .... a set of attitudes about the body which, while .... (7696 31 )

Effect of Fashion Industry on Eating Disorders .... ever guided on by mysterious operations of the mind. .... manifest as an eating disorder and philosophical dualism. .... a set of attitudes about the body which, while .... (7696 31 )

Cultural Anthropology .... we may call them that without bringing to mind images of .... of taboos links them to the inherent dualism in human .... and the ways in which sickness pierces a body? .... (8620 34 )


Category: Psychology - T
 
 
 
Common Topics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Click Here to Get Instant Access to over 32,000 Professionally Written Papers!!!
 
 
 
Join Now  
 
 
 
 
 
Saved Papers  
 
 
Save your essays here so you can locate them quickly!
 
 
 
Testimonials  
 
"Thank you for making such a high quality site! Your papers are the best I have seen around"
Debbie B.
 
"Your site was very helpful and gave me the details I needed in order to complete my essay!!!"
Mike F.
 
"This site is an excellent vehicle for quick referrences. Thanks a bunch!"
Carla T.
 
"Great site, I got a lot of new ideas I would have never thought of before."
Nate A.
 
"I love this site!!!"
Marie H.
 
 
 
 
Copyright © 2007 - 2014 Lots of Essays. All Rights Reserved. DMCA