Mens Sana Monographs
: 2014  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 104--126

Medicine and mind-body dualism: a reply to mehta俟Q製 critique

Callie Joubert 
 " PhD, DPhil. Independent Researcher and Bioethicist in Private Practice

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Callie Joubert
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Neeta Mehta recently advanced the thesis that medical practice is facing a crisis today. In her paper 非Q膂ind-body dualism: a critique from a health perspective非Q she attributes the crisis to the philosophy of Descartes and set out to understand why this dualism is still alive despite its disavowal from philosophers, health practitioners and lay people. The aim of my reply to her critique is three-fold. First, I draw attention to a more fundamental problem and show that dualism is inescapable-scientifically and commonsensically. I then focus on the self-conscious emotions of shame, guilt and remorse, and argue that the self is not identical with a brain. The third section draws attention to the crisis in psychiatry and stipulates some of the main reasons why this is so. Contrary to Mehta俟Q製 thesis, the health profession faces a crisis because of physicalism and biological reductionism.

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Joubert C. Medicine and mind-body dualism: a reply to mehta's critique.Mens Sana Monogr 2014;12:104-126

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Joubert C. Medicine and mind-body dualism: a reply to mehta's critique. Mens Sana Monogr [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Jun 1 ];12:104-126
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