Reli. Notes 32

Reli. Notes 32 - Joseph Priestly was materialist who...

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What Kind of Next World? Authors have more humility, recognize the limits of what they know Fundamental questions: o What is the ultimate nature of individual human identity? Neuroscience complicates things: “God of the gaps” o Is the notion of existence after death rationally intelligible? o Is the notion of existence after death ultimately desirable? Question 1: dualism, psychosomatic unity, materialism o Dualism: Separable body and soul Descartes says humans are like machine except they have souls Idea still popular among contemporary Christians o Psychosomatic unity: Identity is a mixture of body and soul Belief in bodily Resurrection This is the main Christian idea o Materialism: Humans are bodies w/o any souls Idea of life after death is incoherent
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Unformatted text preview: Joseph Priestly was materialist who believe in Resurrection Epiphenomenalism: Mind is simply a secondary product of the brain o Mind does not affect brain function Interactionism: Some type of reciprocal relationship between mind and brain Implications for soul: Most follow Hume and say that consciousness is a bundle which only gives the illusion of continuity o Antony Flew: Argues that Descartes idea of identity was wrong b/c it was individualistic Identity is much more social/ communal When we talk about soul we must recognize both bodily and social concepts If we base identity on soul how can we distinguish our own soul from any other?...
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This note was uploaded on 06/07/2011 for the course RELI 125 taught by Professor Styers during the Fall '10 term at UNC.

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