Mind-body interactionism and the conservation of energy

International Philosophical Quarterly 26 (September):277-85 (1986)
One of the major reasons underlying the widespread rejection of the theory that the mind is an immaterial substance distinct from the body, But which nevertheless acts on the body, Is that it is felt that such a theory commits one to denying the principle of the conservation of energy. My aim in this article is to assess the strength of this objection. My thesis is that the usual replies are inadequate, But--Strong as this objection appears--Some important logical distinctions have been overlooked and when these are taken into account its force vanishes
Keywords Body  Energy  Metaphysics  Minds
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DOI 10.5840/ipq198626316
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