Soul or Brain: A False Dilemma? The Thomist Perspective
Keywords: 
Thomas Aquinas
anthropology
soul
body
Issue Date: 
2017
Publisher: 
Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Navarra
ISSN: 
2353-5636
Citation: 
Vijgen, J. (Jörgen). "Soul or Brain: A False Dilemma? The Thomist Perspective". Scientia et Fides. 5 (2), 2017, 71 - 86
Abstract
In this article I will claim that from a Thomist perspective the question “Soul or Brain: What makes us human?” presents us with a false dilemma and hence must as such remain an unanswerable question. In order to corroborate this claim I will do two things. First, I present the framework of a Thomistic anthropology in so far as it relates to the unity of soul and body in the human person. Next, I deal with the question that immediately results from this unity, i.e. the subsistence of the soul. From a Thomist perspective this question can be answered apart from any findings from neuroscience.

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