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Where does Helmholtz stand on the body-mind conceptualization? What are illustrations that deal with this issue?
-- Amy Jones (email@example.com), October 22, 2002
If you're interested in the mind-body question in general, there is a wonderful little book by Robert H. Wozniak, Mind and Body: Rene Descartes to William James (National Library of Medicine, 1992) that summarizes the major psychological approaches. Many historians of psychology describe Helmholtz as a materialist monist, in part because of his "anti-vitalist pact" (see Boring's A History of Experimental Psychology for a discussion of this). But Wozniak describes him as "top down cognitive psychologist" and thus some type of interactionist. For examples, I would consult some history of psychology texts and/or an encyclopedia of psychology, where you'll find articles on the mind-body problem.
-- Hendrika Vande Kemp (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 23, 2002.