Progress in the empirical sciences grants us more insight than ever into the relation of body and mind. Nevertheless the mind-body problem resists a swift resolution by the empirical science, as profound and persistent philosophical questions arise. How far does the independence of the mind from the body reach? Are body and mind identical? Can the mind influence the world? Philosophy can offer genuine answers to such questions. Thus this book gives an overview of recent debates from the philosophy of the mind. Systematically a map of the most important positions and arguments is drawn up, that facilitates safe orientation in this difficult terrain.
Prof. Dr. Büntrup teaches metaphysics and philosophy of mind and speech at the philosophical university of Munich.