Title

Modern Physics and the Energy-Conservation Objection to Mind-Body Dualism

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2008

Abstract

One of the most commonly cited objections to substance dualism is that it violates the principle of energy conservation (PEC). After carefully looking at this energy-conservation (EC) objection, I arguethat it fails when one carefully looks at the role of PEC in current physics. The arguments I present, however, also undercut the EC objection against several other philosophical views it has been used against, such as the agent causation view of libertarian free will. Unlike previous responses to this objection, my arguments will be based on a careful examination of the nature of energy and the status of PEC in contemporary physics.

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