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Dual Aspect Monism

Correlations between mental and material states are an intrinsic feature of mind-matter models which consider such states as dual aspects of an underlying reality that itself is neither mental nor material. An early version of such a model is due to Spinoza, and since then variants thereof have recurrently been formulated, mostly outside philosophical mainstream directions. Well- known names in the modern philosophical history of dual-aspect monism are Strawson, Nagel, and Chalmers. From the perspective of philosophically interested scientists, Wolfgang Pauli and C.G. Jung are to be mentioned (in addition, e.g., Bohm and d’Espagnat). In a series of publications, partly with a history-of-science flavor, we could systematically re - construct the most significant characteristics of the ideas of Pauli and Jung. For this purpose, the comprehensive correspondence of Pauli, edited in eight volumes by Karl von Meyenn, was enormously helpful. We worked out how the apparently related position of neutral monism (Mach, James, Russell) deviates from the conception of Pauli and Jung. A key difference is that the psychophysically neutral reality in the Pauli-Jung scheme is empirically accessible only in an indirect fashion, through its aspects.

Journal "Mind and Matter"

Mind and Matter The journal “Mind and Matter”’ was established in 2003 and has received increasing visibility as a high-quality publication outlet for questions of mind-matter research since then. The journal appears semi-annually and is, since 2013, indexed and abstracted by Elsevier’s scopus system. The number of submissions grows continuously, the current acceptance rate is about 30%. Since 2005 the journal has been produced and distributed by Imprint Academic, Exeter (UK).



Atmanspacher H. & Fach W. (2016): Synchronistic mind-matter correlations in therapeutic practice: a commentary on Connolly (2015). Journal of Analytical Psychology 61, 79--85.

Atmanspacher H. & Fach W. (2015): Mind-matter correlations in dual-aspect monism according to Pauli and Jung. In Beyond Physicalism, ed. by Kelly E., Crabtree A., Marshall P., Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, 195--226.

Atmanspacher H. (2014): 20th century variants of dual-aspect thinking. Mind and Matter 12, 245--288.

Atmanspacher H. (2014): Levels of unconsciousness and their formal structure. Journal of Analytical Psychology 59, 386--391.

Atmanspacher H. (2014): Roles of causation and meaning for interpreting correlations. Journal of Analytical Psychology 59, 429--434.

Atmanspacher H. (2014): Psychophysical correlations, synchronicity, and meaning. span style="font-style: italic;"> Journal of Analytical Psychology 59, 181--188.

Fach W., Atmanspacher H., Landolt K., Wyss T. & Rössler W. (2013): A comparative study of exceptional experiences of clients seeking advice and of subjects in an ordinary population. Frontiers in Psychology 4:65, 1--10.

Atmanspacher H. & Fach W. (2013): A structural-phenomenological typology of mind-matter correlations. Journal of Analytical Psychology 58, 218--243.

Atmanspacher H. & Fach W. (2013): Encouraging metaphysics. Journal of Analytical Psychology 58, 253--256.

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