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Neuroscience & the Soul: The Human Person in Philosophy, Science, and Theology

An Edited Volume on CCT's 2012-2013 Research Theme

Does the soul exist? Can modern brain science prove or disprove the soul?

CCT Scholar-in-Residence and Executive Board Member / Professor of Philosophy, Biola University
CCT Scholar-in-Residence and Executive Board Member / Professor of Philosophy, Biola University
CCT Scholar-in-Residence and Executive Board Member / Professor of Theology, Spiritual Formation, and Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and at Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University
November 20, 2016

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.

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Contributors

Robin Collins
John W. Cooper
Kevin Corcoran
Stewart Goetz
William Hasker
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
Eric LaRock
Brian Lugioyo
J. P. Moreland
Timothy O’Connor
Jason D. Runyan
Kevin Sharpe
Daniel Speak
Richard Swinburne

Reviews

“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

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