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Mind, Matter, and Nature: A Thomistic Proposal for the Philosophy of Mind

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Against dualism and monism | Just Thomism

Secondly, Thomistic substance dualism, as earlier described, would justify the expectation of one soul to one body because its allows for a more intimate connection between the body and soul than its Cartesian rival.

The first hurdle facing Cartesian dualism was its inability to define the union between the soul and the body–more pointedly, it’s failure to explain how two ontologically distinct and self-contained substances are capable of working together in a causally integrated way. While this is a formidable problem for Cartesian dualism; the Thomistic dualist has less to be concerned about. This is because the Thomistic dualist, unlike the Cartesian, is not postulating the existence of two individual substances; rather they are postulating one complete being whose nature is comprised of both material and immaterial form.

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    The first hurdle facing Cartesian dualism was its inability to define the union between the soul and the body–more pointedly, it’s failure to explain how two ontologically distinct and self-contained substances are capable of working together in a causally integrated way. While this is a formidable problem for Cartesian dualism; the Thomistic dualist has less to be concerned about. This is because the Thomistic dualist, unlike the Cartesian, is not postulating the existence of two individual substances; rather they are postulating one complete being whose nature is comprised of both material and immaterial form.

    Regarding the second hurdle, concerning the theological and anthropological significance of the body, Thomistic dualism is completely unfazed. Unlike the Cartesian, the Thomistic dualist holds that the physical body is part of the nature of man. Under the Thomistic model it’s considered normal for a soul to be united to a body; and, while the soul can subsist without a body, this is considered abnormal. Accordingly, it’s easy to see why God places such importance and value on the human body; why God sent his son to exist as a physical man; and why God intends to reunite our souls with a new glorified body at the resurrection.