Substance Dualism and Self-Awareness
by J.P. Moreland
- Title: Bioethics, Substance Dualism and the Argument from Self-Awareness
- Date: 11/17/2011
- Source: Presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society Meeting in San Francisco, California.
- Article Type: Presentation
- Audience: Advanced
- Kingdom Categories: Life of the Mind
I claim that there are two tasks for any adequate philosophy of mind:
(1) articulate one’s position and explain why dualism is the commonsense view.
(2) defend one’s position.
I believe that there is an argument that simultaneously satisfies both desiderata in a non-ad-hoc way and, thus, the argument can thereby claim the virtue of theoretical simplicity in its favor.
In my paper, I present the crucial argument--an argument from self awareness that we are simple, spiritual substances--and defend its most crucial premise, and respond to two criticisms that have been raised against it.
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