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BRAIN, MIND AND CONSCIOUSNESS
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 202-209

Mind-body dualism: A critique from a health perspective


PhD. Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, KET's V. G. Vaze College, Mulund East, Mumbai -400 081, India

Correspondence Address:
Neeta Mehta
6, Phulrani, Sahitya Sahawas, Madhusudan Kalelkar Marg, Bandra, East, Mumbai - 400 051
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0973-1229.77436

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Philosophical theory about the nature of human beings has far reaching consequences on our understanding of various issues faced by them. Once taken as self-evident, it becomes the foundation on which knowledge gets built. The cause of concern is that this theoretical framework rarely gets questioned despite its inherent limitations and self-defeating consequences, leading to crisis in the concerned field. The field, which is facing crisis today, is that of medicine, and the paradigmatic stance that is responsible for the crisis is Cartesian dualismͿa view that mind and body are essentially separate entities. This paper discusses Cartesian dualism in the context of the practice of medicine. Focusing more closely on how disease, health and treatment are defined through this position, the paper builds up its critique by throwing light on its accomplishments, limitations and self-defeating consequences. The paper also seeks to understand why this dualism is still alive despite its disavowal from philosophers, health practitioners and lay people.


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