Descartes on mind-body interaction: What's the problem?

Journal of the History of Philosophy 37 (3):435-467 (1999)
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Marleen Rozemond
University of Toronto, St. George
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I argue that Descartes treated the action of body on mind differently from the action of mind on body, as was common in the period. Descartes explicitly denied that there is a problem for interaction but his descriptions of interaction seem to suggest that he thought there was a problem. I argue that these descriptions are motivated by a different issue, the seemingly arbitrary connections between particular physical states and the particular mental states they produce. Within scholasticism there was already a (yet different) problem concerning action of body on mind. I offer a comparison between Descartes and the scholastics.
Keywords Descartes  mind-body interaction
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DOI 10.1353/hph.2008.0799
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