New Course: Mind-Body Dualism

Key information:

Name: Mind-Body Dualism

Tutor: Dr Cressida Gaukroger (Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at University College, London)

Number of Modules: 6

Module List:

  1. What is the Mind-Body Problem?
  2. Descartes and the History of Dualism
  3. The Connection Between Mind and Body
  4. The Conceivability Argument
  5. The Knowledge Argument
  6. Problems with Dualism


In this course, Dr Cressida Gaukroger (University College, London) explores the philosophical theory of mind-body dualism—the theory that mind and body are distinct kinds of substances. The course begins by considering how dualism differs from materialism and idealism, before delving deeper in the philosophical writings of René Descartes, who offered several arguments for the dualist position. In the third module, we think about the causal connection between mind and body, before considering two more recent arguments for the dualist position. In the final module, we consider the problems with dualism that remain unresolved today.