One of our majors, Dylan Buller, has had a paper accepted by Prometheus, the undergraduate journal of Johns Hopkins University. The paper is titled, "The Nuclear Trope Bundle
Theory: A Property Dualist, Substance Physicalist Response to Susan
Schneider." This is exciting news, not just for Dylan, but for the Philosophy Department, as well.
Dylan writes the following abstract about his paper: "This paper seeks to identify a
philosophy of mind that is compatible with both property dualism and substance
physicalism. Many philosophers have contributed to the discussion of what is
believed to comprise the mind, and Susan Schneider’s paper “Why Property
Dualists Must Reject Substance Physicalism” (2010) claims that there is no
philosophy of mind that can accommodate both property dualism and substance
physicalism. This paper examines her worries about such a stance, and proposes
a new philosophy of mind, the “nuclear trope bundle theory,” that satisfies
property dualist/substance physicalist criteria while evading Schneider’s
doubts about the possibility of such a theory.