Wait, But Why? Challenging the Intuitive Force of Substance Dualism
Keywords: 
physicalism
intuition
mind
soul
body
dualism
Issue Date: 
2021
Publisher: 
Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika
ISSN: 
2300-7648
Citation: 
Ritchie, S.L. (Sarah Lane). "Wait, But Why? Challenging the Intuitive Force of Substance Dualism". Scientia et Fides. 9 (1), 2021, 241 - 255
Abstract
In responding to Joshua Farris’ The Soul of Theological Anthropology, I suggest several reasons for questioning the theological need for substance dualism in any form. Specifically, I argue that it is not at the level of analytic argumentation that the mind or soul is best understood, and that the sciences do indeed challenge substance dualism (despite philosophical arguments to the contrary). In making this argument, I examine the roles of intuition and theological pre-commitments in one’s determination of the correct understanding of the mind or soul. I suggest that dualism is not only theolog-ically unnecessary, but also an intuition that we have reason to question.

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