<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Goetz (Stewart) - Modal Dualism: A Critique (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6201.htm">Modal Dualism: A Critique</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/G/Author_Goetz (Stewart).htm">Goetz (Stewart)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Corcoran - Soul, Body and Survival, Chapter 6</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6201.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperCitings_6201.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PapersToNotes_6201.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P6201_1">Summary</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6201_1"></A></u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">In the final essay of this first part of <a name="4"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1383.htm">Corcoran (Kevin), Ed. - Soul, Body and Survival: Essays on the Metaphysics of Human Persons</A>", Stewart Goetz considers <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P6201_2">modal</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6201_2"></A> arguments for substance dualism. <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modal</A><SUP>3</SUP> arguments for dualism take as their point of departure a claim of the form 'possibly, I exist but no bodies exist'. Underlying such arguments is the conviction that <em>conceivability</em> is a reliable guide to <em>possibility</em>. In "<a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modal</A><SUP>4</SUP> Dualism: A Critique" Goetz claims that arguments for Cartesian dualism from the ability to conceive or imagine one's disembodiment are epistemically circular. They are circular, Goetz argues, because one must already be aware of one's distinctness from one's physical body (which is the conclusion of the argument) in order to be able to conceive of one's possible disembodiment. Goetz suggests that in order for one to be <em>genuinely</em> aware of being distinct from one's body, one must be aware of the properties of being simple and being complex, which are exemplified by oneself and one's physical body respectively. </ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>Section I: Cartesian Dualism<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P6201_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6201_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Taken from <a name="3"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6195.htm">Corcoran (Kevin) - Soul, Body and Survival: Introduction - Soul or Body?</A>", p. 5. <a name="On-Page_Link_P6201_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6201_2"><B>Footnote 2</B></A></U>: I considered such arguments in the first half of a BA Finals essay  What is Descartes s argument for the  real distinction between mind and body? Is it a good one? , follow <a href="../../Descartes-Mind+Body.pdf">this link</a>. <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-03T00:10" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:10:06</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>