Soul,Body,and Survival: Essays on the Metaphysics of Human Persons

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How are soul and body related to one another? Are human beings immaterial souls, or complex physical organisms? Will we survive the death of our bodies? Does only the dualist view allow the possibility of life after death? This collection brings together cutting-edge research on the metaphysics of human nature and the possibility of post-mortem survival.

Kevin Corcoran's collection, Soul, Body, and Survival, includes chapters from those who embrace traditional soul-body dualism,...

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Overview

How are soul and body related to one another? Are human beings immaterial souls, or complex physical organisms? Will we survive the death of our bodies? Does only the dualist view allow the possibility of life after death? This collection brings together cutting-edge research on the metaphysics of human nature and the possibility of post-mortem survival.

Kevin Corcoran's collection, Soul, Body, and Survival, includes chapters from those who embrace traditional soul-body dualism, those who assert person-body identity, and those who propose entirely new views that fall outside the categories of monism and dualism. The first book to connect the metaphysics of persons with the belief in life after death, thus intersecting with theological as well as philosophical inquiry, it blurs the divide between metaphysics and the philosophy of mind.

Contributors:

  • Lynne Baker, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • John Cooper, Calvin Theological Seminary
  • Kevin Corcoran, Calvin College
  • Stephen T. Davis, Claremont Graduate University
  • John Foster, Oxford University
  • Stewart Goetz, Ursinus College
  • William Hasker, Huntington College
  • Jaegwon Kim, Brown University
  • Trenton Merricks, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Brian Leftow, Fordham University
  • E. J. Lowe, University of Durham
  • Timothy O'Connor, Indiana University
  • Eric Olson, Cambridge University
  • Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College

About the Author:
Kevin Corcoran is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College.

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"This is an excellent collection of original articles with a very specific focus, namely western mind-body dualism and whether it is the view of survival contained in Christian scripture. . . . The book is well worth acquiring. There are many reasons to think that reductive materialism has completely failed in its efforts to get rid of subjectivity, qualia, free will, rationality and the rest of the basic furniture of folk psychology. Whether or not you think Conservative Christianity is a live option philosophically and theologically, its exponents are very much alive and dominate contemporary American philosophy of religion. Soul, Body and Survival is a valuable addition to my library, and I have put it alongside books suggesting process, disembodied soul and reincarnationist views of survival or advocating both western and non-western philosophical and religious views that there is no self to survive."—Frank B. Diley, University of Delaware, International Journal of Philosophy of Religion 52: 195-197, 2002

"Are human beings made up of two separate entities, the mind and the body, or are we a psychosomatic unity? Is there life after death? If so, what form does it take, and does it require human beings to be made up of two separate entities, one of which is left behind at death (the 'body') and the other which continues (the 'mind' or 'soul')? These are the questions which form the substance of this book."—Geoffrey Burn, Theology, July / August 2002

"Soul, Body, and Survival is a good collection that comes along at a propitious time, just when there is renewed interest in the topics it addresses. There are new models of resurrection afloat, greater efforts to make use of the latest work in metaphysics on personal identity, and more serious attempts to understand the Thomistic model. The authors in this book are among the most important contributors to these debates."—Dean W. Zimmerman, Syracuse University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801486845
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
I Cartesian Dualism
A Brief Defense of the Cartesian view 15
Lonely Souls: Causality and Substance Dualism 30
Causality, Mind, and Free Will 44
Emergentism and Consciousness: Going beyond Property Dualism 59
A Compound of Two Substances 73
Modal Dualism: A Critique 89
II Alternatives to Cartesian Dualism
Persons as Emergent Substances 107
Souls Dipped in Dust 120
Identity, Composition, and the Simplicity of the Self 139
Materialism with a Human Face 159
III Does Life after Death Require Dualism?
How to Live Forever without Saving Your Soul: Physicalism and Immortality 183
Physical Persons and Postmortem Survival without Temporal Gaps 201
Biblical Anthropology and the Body-Soul Problem 218
Physicalism and Resurrection 229
Contributors 249
Index 251
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