Psyche and Soma: Physicians and Metaphysicians on the Mind-Body Problem from Antiquity to…

Paperback | November 1, 2002

EditorJohn P. Wright, Paul Potter

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Psyche and Soma is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the conceptions of the human soul or mind and body, through the course of more than two thousand years of Western history. Thirteen specially commissioned chapters, each written by a recogized expert, discuss figures such as the physiciansHippocrates, Galen, Stahl, and Cabanis; theologians St Paul, Augustine, and Aquinas; and philosophers from Plato and Aristotle to Descartes, Leibniz, and La Mettrie. The chapters explore in chronlogical sequence the views of these writers on such questions as the soul's immortality, the control itexerts over the body, how mental disturbances arise out of bodily imbalances, and the roles of the priest and the physician in promoting spiritual and mental health. Psyche and Soma will be a key point of reference and a rich source of illumination in this central area of human inquiry.

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Psyche and Soma is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the conceptions of the human soul or mind and body, through the course of more than two thousand years of Western history. Thirteen specially commissioned chapters, each written by a recogized expert, discuss figures such as the physiciansHippocrates, Galen, Stahl, and Cabanis; the...

John P. Wright is a Professor of Philosophy, Central Michigan University. Paul Potter is a Professor of the History of Medicine, University of Western Ontario
Format:PaperbackPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Beate Gundert: Soma and Psyche in Hippocratic Medicine2. T. M. Robinson: The Defining Features of Mind-Body Dualism in the Writings of Plato3. Philip J. van der Eijk: Aristotle's Psycho-physiological Account of the Soul-Body Relationship4. Heinrich von Staden: Body, Soul, and Nerves: Epicurus, Herophilus, Erasistratus, the Stoics, and Galen5. Theo K. Heckel: Body and Soul in Saint Paul6. Gareth Matthews: Internalist Reasoning in Augustine for Mind-Body Dualism7. Emily Michael: Renaissance Theories of Body, Soul, and Mind8. Stephen Voss: Descartes: Heart and Soul9. Thomas M. Lennon: Bayle and Late Seventeen-Century Thought10. Francois Duchesneau: Stahl, Leibniz, and the Territories of Soul and Body11. John P. Wright: Substance versus Function Dualism in Eighteenth-Century Medicine12. Roselyne Rey: Psyche, Soma, and the Vitalist Philosophy of Medicine13. Francois Azouvi: Physique and MoralSelect BibliographyIndex

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`This thoughtfully constructed collection of essays is devoted to medical approaches to the mind-body problem over 2500 years ... is well worth reading for its accessible synopsis of a complcated historical narrative. The gradual disentanglement of the above questions is one of its morefascinating themes'Mohan Matthen, The Lancet