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Are We Bodies or Souls?

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2020.04.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Richard Swinburne, Are We Bodies or Souls?, Oxford University Press, 2019, 188pp., $19.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780198831495. Reviewed by Thomas Nagel, New York University Richard Swinburne is a dualist of long standing, in the tradition of Descartes, and in this book he offers a comprehensive exposition and defense of the position, which makes its philosophical motivation clear. Even those who are not persuaded can be grateful to Swinburne for explaining the distinctive appeal of this significant view, which is often treated in contemporary discussion of the mind-body problem as an obsolete historical curiosity -- or a bogeyman for which it is the task of philosophy to discover palatable alternatives. Swinburne's substance dualism of individual souls and bodies is opposed not only to all forms of psychophysical reductionism, but to anti-reductive forms of mere property dualism or dual aspect theory. According to Swinburne, each of us... Read More

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