David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
International Philosophical Quarterly 50 (1):39-56 (2010)
Thomas Aquinas argues that matter is informed by a rational soul to compose a human person. But a person may survive her body’s death since a rational soul is able to exist and function without matter. This leads to the typical characterization of Aquinas as a dualist. Thomistic dualism, however, is distinct from both Platonic dualism and various accounts of substance dualism offered by philosophers such as Richard Swinburne. For both Plato and Swinburne, a person is identical to an immaterial soul that is contingently related to a human body. For Aquinas, a human person is composed of her soul and the matter it informs, but is not identical to either metaphysical component. I explicate Thomistic dualism while critically analyzing Swinburne’s account. I conclude that Aquinas’s account has theresources to address a central issue that arises for substance dualism
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Christina Van Dyke (2009). Not Properly a Person. Faith and Philosophy 26 (2):186-204.
Joungbin Lim (2010). Dualism, Physicalism, and the Passion of the Christ. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 45:185-197.
Eleonore Stump (1995). Non-Cartesian Substance Dualism and Materialism Without Reductionism. Faith and Philosophy 12 (4):505-531.
William P. Alston & Thomas W. Smythe (1994). Swinburne's Argument for Dualism. Faith and Philosophy 11 (1):127-33.
Sarah Broadie (2001). Soul and Body in Plato and Descartes. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 101 (3):295–308.
M. Pakaluk (2003). Degrees of Separation in the "Phaedo". Phronesis 48 (2):89 - 115.
Michael Pakaluk (2003). Degrees of Separation in the Phaedo. Phronesis 48 (2):89-115.
Patrick Toner (2012). St. Thomas Aquinas on the Problem of Too Many Thinkers. Modern Schoolman 89 (3-4):209-222.
Richard Swinburne (1996). Dualism Intact. Faith and Philosophy 13 (1):68 - 77.
Jason T. Eberl (2005). Aquinas's Account of Human Embryogenesis and Recent Interpretations. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 30 (4):379 – 394.
Eleonore Stump & Norman Kretzmann (1996). An Objection to Swinburne's Argument for Dualism. Faith and Philosophy 13 (3):405-412.
William Lycan (2009). Giving Dualism its Due. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (4):551-563.
David S. Oderberg (2005). Hylemorphic Dualism. Social Philosophy and Policy 22 (2):70-99.
Suzette M. Evans (1981). Separable Souls: A Defense of Minimal Dualism. Southern Journal of Philosophy 19 (3):313-332.
Kent Reames (1999). A Response to Swinburne's Latest Defense of the Argument For Dualism. Faith and Philosophy 16 (1):90-97.
Added to index2011-01-09
Total downloads27 ( #68,946 of 1,102,060 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #91,808 of 1,102,060 )
How can I increase my downloads?