Title

Christian perspective on the impact of modern science on philosophy of mind.

Publication Date

3-2003

Abstract

Today it is widely held that, while broadly logically possible, dualism is no longer plausible in light of the advances of modern science. My thesis is that once we get clear on the central first and second-order issues in philosophy of mind, it becomes evident that stating and resolving those issues is basically a (theological and) philosophical matter for which discoveries in the hard sciences are largely irrelevant. Put differently, these philosophical issues are, with rare exceptions, autonomous from (and authoritative with respect to) the so-called deliverances of the hard sciences. To promote this thesis, I shall (1) clarify certain preliminary notions; (2) defend my central thesis by focusing on select paradigm cases that are representative of the actual dialectic in the literature in philosophy of mind; and (3) respond to two defeaters.

Keywords

Philosophy of mind; Philosophy and science

Publication Title

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

Volume

55

Issue

1

First Page

2

Last Page

12

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