A Simple Proof of Mind-Body Dualism
University of Tampa
July 7, 2010
This paper provides an elegant proof of mind-body dualism. I show, first, that all properties known to humankind, aside from qualitative properties of consciousness (and perhaps numerical properties), are fundamentally relational in nature. I then show that relational properties are, at least in principle, always fully describable in language. Finally, I point out that qualitative properties of consciousness are clearly not fully describable in ordinary language. Thus, qualitative properties of consciousness are fundamentally different than all other properties known to humankind: they are fundamentally intrinsic properties that stand outside of the realm of scientific inquiry.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 11
Keywords: mind, body, dualism, description, physical, nonphysical
Date posted: July 7, 2010 ; Last revised: February 8, 2011