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The Resource Mind, brain, and free will, Richard Swinburne

Mind, brain, and free will, Richard Swinburne

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Mind, brain, and free will
Title
Mind, brain, and free will
Statement of responsibility
Richard Swinburne
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Mind, Brain, and Free Will presents a powerful new case for substance dualism (the idea that humans consist of two parts--body and soul) and for libertarian free will (that humans have some freedom to choose between alternatives, independently of the causes which influence them). Richard Swinburne argues that answers to questions about mind, body, and free will depend crucially on the answers to more general philosophical questions. He begins by analyzing the criteria for one event being the same as another, one substance being the same as another, and a state of affairs being metaphysically possible; and then goes on to analyze the criteria for a belief about these issues being justified
  • Pure mental events (including conscious events) are distinct from physical events and interact with them. Swinburne claims that no result from neuroscience or any other science could show that interaction does not take place; and illustrates this claim by showing that recent scientific work (such as Libet's experiments) has no tendency whatever to show that our intentions do not cause brain events. He goes on to argue for agent causation, and claims that--to speak precisely--it is we, and not our intentions, that cause our brain events. It is metaphysically possible that each of us could acquire a new brain or continue to exist without a brain; and so we are essentially souls. Brain events and conscious events are so different from each other that it would not be possible to establish a scientific theory which would predict what each of us would do in situations of moral conflict. Hence given a crucial epistemological principle (the Principle of Credulity) we should believe that things are as they seem to be: that we make choices independently of the causes which influence us. According to Swinburne's lucid and ambitious account, it follows that we are morally responsible for our actions
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Swinburne, Richard.
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Free will and determinism
  • Mind and Body
  • Responsibility
Label
Mind, brain, and free will, Richard Swinburne
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Ontology -- Epistemology -- Property and event dualism -- Interactive dualism -- Agent causation -- Substance dualism -- Free will -- Moral responsibility
Control code
99016171873
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
242 p.
Isbn
9780199662562
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Mind, brain, and free will, Richard Swinburne
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Ontology -- Epistemology -- Property and event dualism -- Interactive dualism -- Agent causation -- Substance dualism -- Free will -- Moral responsibility
Control code
99016171873
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
242 p.
Isbn
9780199662562
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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