Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Andrea Scarantino - Co-Chair
Eddy Nahmias - Co-Chair
Mental causation between the material and the immaterial has been problematic for interactionist substance dualism ever since its first major proponent René Descartes. The contemporary philosopher Jaegwon Kim believes he has found an argument that shows exactly why an immaterial event cannot be said to cause a material event; he calls this the pairing problem argument. This thesis will argue that there is actually sufficient empirical evidence to suggest that Kim’s argument is unsuccessful due to one of its premises being false. Furthermore, this thesis will also argue that interactionist substance dualism is actually a philosophically viable alternative, and lastly ways are sketched of how one might go about constructing such a view responsibly.
Vaught, Jimmy Ray, "Kim's Pairing Problem and the Viability of Substance Dualism" (2008). Philosophy Theses. Paper 43.