The Problem Of The Soul: Two Visions Of Mind And How To Reconcile Them

The Problem Of The Soul: Two Visions Of Mind And How To Reconcile Them

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by Owen Flanagan
     
 

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Science has always created problems for traditional ways of seeing things, but now the very attributes that make us human--free will, the permanence of personal identity, the existence of the soul--are threatened by the science of the mind. If the mind is the brain, and therefore a physical object subject to deterministic laws, how can we have free will? If most of

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Science has always created problems for traditional ways of seeing things, but now the very attributes that make us human--free will, the permanence of personal identity, the existence of the soul--are threatened by the science of the mind. If the mind is the brain, and therefore a physical object subject to deterministic laws, how can we have free will? If most of our thoughts and impulses are unconscious, how can we be morally responsible for what we do? If brains and bodies undergo relentless change, how can our identities be constant? The Problem of the Soul shows the way out of these paradoxes. Framing the conflict in terms of two dominant visions of the mind--the "manifest image" of humanistic philosophy and theology, and the scientific image--Owen Flanagan demonstrates that there is common ground, and that we need not give up our ideas of moral responsibility and personal freedom in order to have an empirically sound view of the human mind. This is a profoundly relevant work of philosophy for the common reader.

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The visions are humanistic<-->that humans are spiritual beings with a free will allowed to no other animal<-->and scientific<-- >that humans evolved according to the principles of natural selection like all other animals. Flanagan (philosophy, Duke U.) rejects the notion that the two are incompatible, and traces both back to a common aspiration to comprehend consciousness. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780786725311
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
08/05/2008
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
939,407
File size:
1 MB

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Owen Flanagan is James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Duke University. The author of the classic Consciousness Reconsidered, he lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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