Dialogues in Philosophy
Mental and Neuro Sciences

Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences

The official journal of Crossing Dialogues
Volume 10, Issue 1 (June 2017)


The mind-brain problem in psychiatry: why theoretical pluralism is better than theoretical monism

Alexander Moreira-Almeida & Saulo de Freitas Araujo
The mind-brain problem (MBP) is a persistent challenge in philosophy and science, having marked implications for psychiatry. In this paper, we claim that physicalism, a kind of theoretical monism, is usually taken by many psychiatrists as the only possible solution to the MBP, and argue that this may have negative consequences for the field.
Not only does it restrict the psychiatric training, thereby preventing professionals from considering and reflecting upon different perspectives on the MBP, but it also leads clinical psychiatrists to ignore alternatives in their research agendas and clinical care.
We suggest, therefore, that, as long as the MBP remains open and disputed by divergent views, theoretical monism should give place to theoretical pluralism in psychiatry.
mind-brain problem, psychiatry, theoretical monism, theoretical pluralism, philosophy of science,
philosophy of mind
Dial Phil Ment Neuro Sci 2017; 10(1): 23-25
Received on May 04, 2017
Accepted on May 18, 2017
Firstly published online on July 11, 2017