CONCEPTUALIZING THE MIND IN WESTERN PHILOSOPHICAL TRADITION

  • IKHIANOSIME, Francis Eshemomoh
  • AKALUE, Anthony Ifechukwude
Keywords: Mind, soul, mind-body, mental states, non-mental phenomena, scientism

Abstract

This work investigates into the nature of the mind as one of the classical problems in western philosophy. It argues that mind as a philosophical contention has been a philosophical concern from the Pre-Socratics till date. This work argues further that the main thrust of the debate oscillates between the conception of the mind as singularity in nature and mind as contiguous with non-mental phenomena. On these heels, theories and counter-theories have been advanced. The theories advanced arguably have been influenced by reaction to earlier theories of the mind and events of each epoch. The work further argues that scientism has further opened the contention to newer dimensions and nuances. This work concludes that the mind is a perennial philosophical challenge regardless of the massive contributions and theories that have been hypothesized on the subject matter.

Published
2021-04-05
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Articles