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What Do We Mean When We Speak About The Soul? What are the arguments for the existence of the soul as distinct from the physical body? Do animals have souls? What is the difference between the mind and the soul? The Soul Hypothesis brings together experts from philosophy, linguistics and science to discuss the validity of these questions in the modern world.
They contend that there is an aspect of the nature of human beings that is not reducible to the matter that makes up our bodies. This perspective is part of a family of views traditionally classified in philosophy as substance dualism, and has something serious in common with the ubiquitous human belief in the soul.
The Soul Hypothesis presents views from a range of sciences and the resulting big picture shows, more clearly than could a single author with one area of expertise, that there is room for a soul hypothesis.
Introduction Mark Baker Steward Goetz 1
Chapter 1 The Soul of the Matter Charles Taliaferro 26
Chapter 2 Minds, Brains, and Brains in Vats Daniel N. Robinson 46
Chapter 3 Brains and Souls; Grammar and Speaking Mark Baker 73
Chapter 4 Making Things Happen: Souls in Action Stewart Goetz 99
Chapter 5 The Energy of the Soul Robin Collins 123
Chapter 6 The Measure of All Things: Quantum Mechanics and the Soul Hans Halvorson 138
Chapter 7 From Experience to Experiencer Dean Zimmerman 168
Chapter 8 Souls Beastly and Human William Hasker 202
Chapter 9 A Scientific Case for the Soul Robin Collins 222
Afterword Mark Baker Steward Goetz 247
Posted March 16, 2011
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