The Evolution of the Soul

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Claredon Press, 1986 - Religion - 323 pages
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Human beings have evolved from animals, and animals from inanimate matter; but what has evolved is qualitatively different from the inanimate matter from which it began. Both humans and the higher animals have a mental life of sensation, thought, purpose, desire, and belief. It can be argued that these mental states, while interacting with the body, are distinct from it: they are states of a soul. In this study, Swinburne examines the various parts of the mental life, the concept of the soul (both animal and human), and the products of the human soul--logical thought, moral beliefs, and free will.

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Swineburne begins a "brief" treaty on the nature of humanity, arguing that man is not a monism (either mental, or physical) but is a duality of both the mind and the brain. Arguing that the mind needs ... Read full review

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This is a philosophical account about the mental life, arguments for why mental properties are not brain states, and the structure of the soul (bearer of consciousness). If you are interested in a ... Read full review



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Richard Swinburne was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Keele; Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, University of Oxford, and Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of many books on the nature and justification of religious belief, and on other areas of
philosophy including the philosophy of mind and epistemology.

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