Title

Conceptualist argument for a spiritual substantial soul

Publication Date

3-2013

Abstract

I advance a type of conceptualist argument for substance dualism - minimally, the view that we are spiritual substances that have bodies - based on the understandability of what it would be for something to be a spirit, e.g. what it would be for God to be a spirit. After presenting the argument formally, I clarify and defend its various premises with a special focus on what I take to be the most controversial one, namely, if thinking (i.e. conscious) matter is metaphysically possible, it is not the case that we have a distinct positive concept of God's being a divine spirit.

Keywords

Metaphysics; God

Publication Title

Religious Studies

Volume

49

Issue

1

First Page

35

Last Page

43

DOI of Published Version

10.1017/S0034412512000133

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