THE AFRICAN CONCEPT OF “VITAL FORCE” NTU; A SOLUTION TO THE MIND AND BODY PROBLEM IN WESTERN PHILOSOPHY

AUTHOR: CHINEDU VINCENT OKEKE

DEPARTMENT: PHILOSOPHY

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

The mind-body problem is one of the perennial problems of philosophy. Many, if not all scholars have tackled this enigmatic perplexing problem from different perspectives. There is an intense debate arising from the commonplace opinion that mind and body are two distinct entities- the former being immaterial while the later, material. This is, however, a dualistic approach championed by Rene Descartes. Many other contemporary Western Philosophers have held diverse opinions, like reductive physicalism- made up of behaviorism, identity theory and functionalism, and nonreductive physicalism, that is, supervenience theory, in trying to solve the mind and body problem. These theories have however, failed to resolve this problem. The fulcrum of this research work is to attempt to disprove the idea of the mind and body being disparate entities. And also to establish that “what is”, is “force” and that all these other theories have not been able to explain the mind and body relation satisfactorily. The philosophical method of analysis shall be employed in establishing that, what is common in the African Universe (even though there is the argument that it is only restricted to the Bantu people) and also the Western universe are forces. And that the theory of forces furnishes us with a more plausible answer to the question of “what is”, that is “existence” as well as proffering a near perfect solution to this seemingly enigmatic perplexing problem of mind and body.

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