More Than Matter?: What Humans Really Are
'The question of what it is to be a human person is the biggest intellectual question of our day.'
Keith Ward has taught philosophy and theology in British universities for the past 40 years, and he is now weighing in on a major intellectual battle: whether human persons are purely materialistic - nothing but matter - or whether there is another, deeply valuable part of us, which transcends our bodies in nature and moral worth: the soul.
For centuries philosophers have debated the question, but the battle has taken the limelight through the works of the New Atheists. In this book Professor Ward guides the reader through a panoply of thinkers and traditions, arguing that there is more to humanity than bodies. In fact, he argues, there is more to the entire universe than the naked eye perceives. (And contrary to the New Atheist assertions, there are good philosophical arguments to back this up!)
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Abandoning. Got to a part where he claims to have argued effectively for his position and I found myself asking, "huh? Where?" Not very good, he's not an effective explainer. I had lots of pencil ... Read full review
The limits of knowledge
Putting minds first
The place of human minds in the cosmos
Metaphysics and commonsense philosophy
Consciousness value and purpose
Minds and moral values
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A. N. Whitehead activity actually agents appearances Aristotle Ayer basic behaviour beliefs Bishop Berkeley body brain capacities Cartesian dualism causal cause chain claim colour common-sense complex consciousness constructed continuing cosmic cosmos creative David Hume Descartes distinctive embodied entities evaluations evolutionary exist experience expression fact feelings form of idealism future ghosts Gilbert Ryle goals happens Hegel human persons idea idealist Immanuel Kant important inner intelligent intentions interpret Kant Kant’s knowledge lives logical machine material materialist matter memories mental events metaphysical mind-like moral action naive realism Napoleon never organisms pain perceptions perhaps phenomenal philosophical physical objects physical world physicists pleasure possible postulates process philosophy properties publicly observable purpose qualia quantum question rational reality realization reason responsible Ryle’s seems sense sense-data sense-experience social sort soul space-time specific structure talk teleological theoretical theory things thought truth understanding unique universe Verification principle