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ParallelIsm is a kind of DualIsm according to which mental events and physical events are perfectly coordinated, it is said, by God; so that when a mental event such as Sally's decision to walk across the room occurs, then it just so happens that Sally's body heads across the room. But there is no cause-effect relation between mind and body; mental and physical events are just perfectly coordinated, in advance, by God. This is view closely associated with GottfriedLeibniz, but no longer taken very seriously by very many people.

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Last edited February 6, 2001 3:50 pm by LarrySanger (diff)