Faith and Philosophy 15 (3):366-370 (1998)

William Hasker
Huntington University
Most critics of Richard Swinburne’s modal argument for mind-body substance dualism have alleged that the argument is unsound, either because its premises are false or because it commits a modal fallacy. I show that the argument is epistemically circular, and thus provides no support for its conclusion even if it is sound.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
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DOI faithphil199815331
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