Jaworski’s neo-Aristotelian hylomorphism and the mind-body problem
Ross Carter

March 22, 2019, 7:00am - 8:30am
Department of Philosophy, Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity

Treacy Boardroom
278 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne 3002

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The human being who encounters us presents as a single being in which mentality and corporeality are seamlessly united. How this unity is to explained is what is called the ‘mind-body’ problem. Historically attempts to solve the mind-body problem, in English speaking philosophy of mind and philosophy of science in the post war period have usually utilised some version of physicalism. 

In these physicalist schemes, the material reality of human beings is taken for granted, whereas the reality of mental phenomena has come to be questioned by, for example, Eliminativism. I will give a brief account of various forms of physicalism in order to set the scene for my main concern which will be to introduce a rival position, hylomorphism. Recently a number of philosophers have sought to explain the unified reality of mentality and corporeality we happen upon in people by developing modified versions of Aristotelian hylomorphism. The bulk of the paper will then discuss and evaluate William Jaworski’s recent attempt to solve the mind-body problem by the application of a neo-Aristotelian hylomorphism. 

Public Transport: Trams: 109 (to Box Hill), 12 (to Victoria Gardens): Tram, stop 13 (Landsdowne St. ACU).

Buses: From City: 302, 303, 304, 305, 309, 318, 350, 905, 906, 907, 908. Stop: ACU.

Nearest Train Station: Parliament Station. Exit Macarthur St, go north until Victoria Parade, Turn right, 400 metres (CTC building corner of Victoria Parade and Eades St, - the Southern Side of Vic Parade, located across from what was until very recently - the Dallas Brooks Hall).

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The Treacy boardroom is on the ground floor, very close to the reception desk of the Thomas Carr Centre, which is the campus building at 278 Victoria Pde. There is a wheelchair-friendly toilet/bathroom on the same ground floor a short distance from the boardroom.

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