It is a widely held belief that human beings are both body and soul, that our immaterial soul is distinct from our material body. But that traditional idea has been seriously questioned by much recent research in the brain sciences.
In Neuroscience and the Soul fourteen distinguished scholars grapple with current debates about the existence and nature of the soul. Featuring a dialogical format, the book presents state-of-the-art work by leading philosophers and theologians—some arguing for the existence of the soul, others arguing against it—and then puts those scholars into conversation with critics of their views. Bringing philosophy, theology, and science together in this way brings to light new perspectives and advances the ongoing debate over body and soul.
John W. Cooper
J. P. Moreland
Jason D. Runyan
“This is a superb collection of outstanding essays and critical exchanges that will enrich the debate surrounding dualist and materialist conceptions of persons. It is an exceptionally important work as the contributors each work to carefully engage each other and avoid the usual deliberated misunderstandings that can mar current philosophy of mind.”
Charles Taliaferro, Professor of Philosophy, St. Olaf College