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Free Will and Modern Science$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264898

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264898.001.0001

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Substance dualism and its rationale

Substance dualism and its rationale

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(p.158) 10 Substance dualism and its rationale
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Free Will and Modern Science
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HOWARD ROBINSON

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264898.003.0011

Substance dualism is the view that humans are essentially immaterial souls, and that conscious events are events in that soul. This chapter considers the arguments for and against this view. It argues that such questions as ‘Would I have existed if my mother's egg had been fertilized by a different though genetically identical sperm from my father?’ must have a sharp yes-or-no answer, but that they would not have a sharp answer if being me consisted simply of being made of similar genetic material and having a similar conscious life.

Keywords:   humans, immaterial souls, conscious events, substance dualism

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