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

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Kevin Corcoran
Cornell University Press, 2001 - Philosophy - 252 pages
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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, 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.
 

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Contents

Alternatives to Cartesian Dualism
1
A Brief Defense of the Cartesian View
15
Causality and Substance Dualism
30
Causality Mind and Free Will
44
A Compound of Two Substances
73
A Critique
89
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
Physical Persons and Postmortem Survival
201
Biblical Anthropology and the BodySoul Problem
218
Contributors
249
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