The Problem of the Soul
Two Visions of Mind and How to Reconcile Them
By (author) Owen J. Flanagan
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Problem of the Soul by Owen J. Flanagan
Book DescriptionScience has always created problems for traditional ways of seeing things, but now the very attributes that make us human--free will, the permanence of personal identity, the existence of the soul--are threatened by the science of the mind. If the mind is the brain, and therefore a physical object subject to deterministic laws, how can we have free will? If most of our thoughts and impulses are unconscious, how can we be morally responsible for what we do? If brains and bodies undergo relentless change, how can our identities be constant? The Problem of the Soul shows the way out of these paradoxes. Framing the conflict in terms of two dominant visions of the mind--the "manifest image" of humanistic philosophy and theology, and the scientific image--Owen Flanagan demonstrates that there is common ground, and that we need not give up our ideas of moral responsibility and personal freedom in order to have an empirically sound view of the human mind. This is a profoundly relevant work of philosophy for the common reader.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465024612
(203mm x 127mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 4-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Owen J. Flanagan
Really Hard Problem, Paperback (March 2009)
A noted philosopher proposes a naturalistic (rather than supernaturalistic) way to solve the "really hard problem": how to live in a meaningful way--how to live a life that really matters--even as a finite material being living in a material world.
Narrative and Consciousness, Paperback (July 2003)
The evocation of narrative as a way to understand the content of consciousness has sparked truly interdisciplinary work among psychologists, philosophers and literary critics. The research presented in this volume should appeal to the general reader and researchers enmeshed in these problems.
Dreaming Souls, Paperback (May 2001)
In this text, the author provides both an accessible survey of the latest research on sleep and dreams and a theory about the nature and function of dreaming. Flanagan argues that while sleep has a clear biological function and adaptive value, dreams are merely side effects.
Self Expressions, Paperback (August 1998)» View all books by Owen J. Flanagan
Continuing the project of reconciling a scientific view with the view of ourselves as agents of free will, this collection of essays explores scientific explanation of consciousness, the moral socialization of children, and, nature and issues of psychology such as multiple personality disorder.
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Author Biography - Owen J. Flanagan
Owen Flanagan is James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Duke University. The author of the classic Consciousness Reconsidered, he lives in Durham, North Carolina.
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