Are we bodies or souls?

By: Swinburne, Richard
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford Oxford University Press 2019Description: 188 p. Includes references and indexISBN: 9780198831495Subject(s): Mind and body | Neurosciences | Human beings | SoulDDC classification: 128.1 Summary: What are humans? What makes us who we are? Many think that we are just complicated machines, or animals that are different from machines only by being conscious. In Are We Bodies or Souls? Richard Swinburne comes to the defence of the soul and presents new philosophical arguments that are supported by modern neuroscience. When scientific advances enable neuroscientists to transplant a part of brain into a new body, he reasons, no matter how much we can find out about their brain activity or conscious experiences we will never know whether the resulting person is the same as before or somebody entirely new. Swinburne thus argues that we are immaterial souls sustained in existence by our brains. Sensations, thoughts, and intentions are conscious events in our souls that cause events in our brains. While scientists might discover some of the laws of nature that determine conscious events and brain events, each person's soul is an individual thing and this is what ultimately makes us who we are. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/are-we-bodies-or-souls-9780198831495?q=9780198831495&cc=us&lang=en#
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Physicalism and Property Dualism
Chapter 3: Theories of Personal Identity
Chapter 4: Descartes's Argument for the Soul
Chapter 5: We know who we are
Chapter 6: Souls and bodies interact
Chapter 7: Could science explain souls?
Notes
Guide to Further Reading
Index

What are humans? What makes us who we are?
Many think that we are just complicated machines, or animals that are different from machines only by being conscious. In Are We Bodies or Souls? Richard Swinburne comes to the defence of the soul and presents new philosophical arguments that are supported by modern neuroscience. When scientific advances enable neuroscientists to transplant a part of brain into a new body, he reasons, no matter how much we can find out about their brain activity or conscious experiences we will never know whether the resulting person is the same as before or somebody entirely new. Swinburne thus argues that we are immaterial souls sustained in existence by our brains. Sensations, thoughts, and intentions are conscious events in our souls that cause events in our brains. While scientists might discover some of the laws of nature that determine conscious events and brain events, each person's soul is an individual thing and this is what ultimately makes us who we are.

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