Body and soul

Think 5 (5):31 - 35 (2003)
Hard materialism claims that the only events are physical events, involving the instantiation of physical properties in physical substances. This however omits all the mental events to which we have privileged access. Soft materialism claims that the only events are physical events and mental events involving the instantiation of mental properties in physical substances. But a list of such events would not tell us which persons had which bodies. Only dualism, which holds that the essential part of each person is a mental substance, a soul, enables us to say which person occupies which body, and so to give a full description of the world
Keywords Body  Mind  Soul
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DOI 10.1017/S1477175600002578
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