PROBLEM OF THE SOUL  -     By: Owen Flanagan
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PROBLEM OF THE SOUL

Running Press / 2002 / Paperback

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Science has always created problems for traditional ways of seeing things, but now the very attributes that make us human--free will, the permanence of personal identity, the existence of the soul--are threatened by the emergent science of the mind. If the mind is the brain, and therefore a physical object subject to deterministic laws, how can we have free will? If mist of our thoughts and impulses are unconscious, how can we be morally responsible for what we do? If brains and bodies are constantly undergoing change, how can our identities be constant? In The Problem of the Soul, renowned philosopher Owen Flanegan shows the way out of these paradoxes, demonstrating that we need not give up our ideas of moral responsibility and personal freedom in order to have an empirically sound view of the human mind.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 364
Vendor: Running Press
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0465024610
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Science has always created problems for traditional ways of seeing things, but now the very attributes that make us human--free will, the permanence of personal identity, the existence of the soul--are threatened by the science of the mind. If the mind is the brain, and therefore a physical object subject to deterministic laws, how can we have free will? If most of our thoughts and impulses are unconscious, how can we be morally responsible for what we do? If brains and bodies undergo relentless change, how can our identities be constant? The Problem of the Soul shows the way out of these paradoxes. Framing the conflict in terms of two dominant visions of the mind--the "manifest image" of humanistic philosophy and theology, and the scientific image--Owen Flanagan demonstrates that there is common ground, and that we need not give up our ideas of moral responsibility and personal freedom in order to have an empirically sound view of the human mind. This is a profoundly relevant work of philosophy for the common reader.

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Owen Flanagan is James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Duke University. The author of the classic Consciousness Reconsidered, he lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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