A Brief History of the Soul

A Brief History of the Soul

Author(s): Stewart Goetz, Charles Taliaferro

Published Online: 6 JUN 2011 08:12AM EST

Print ISBN: 9781405196338

Online ISBN: 9781444395938

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395938

About this Book

This book is a clear and concise history of the soul in western philosophy, from Plato to cutting-edge contemporary work in philosophy of mind.

  • Packed with arguments for and against a range of different, historically significant philosophies of the soul
  • Addresses the essential issues, including mind-body interaction, the causal closure of the physical world, and the philosophical implications of the brain sciences for the soul's existence
  • Includes coverage of theories from key figures, such as Plato, Aquinas, Locke, Hume, and Descartes
  • Unique in combining the history of ideas and the development of a powerful case for a non-reductionist, non-materialist account of the soul

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