More Than Matter?: What Humans Really Are

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Lion Books, Oct 22, 2011 - Philosophy - 224 pages
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'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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User Review  - crookesy - LibraryThing

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
Acting for the sake of good alone
The idealist view of life
Can we still speak of the soul?
Short bibliography
Index of subjects

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Keith Ward is Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy. A well-known broadcaster and presenter, his work straddles the boundaries between science, religion and philosophy, while his career has addressed topics from materialism to medical ethics. His work in these fields is internationally respected, and he is today known as one of Britain’s foremost philosopher-theologians.

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