He presented this paper at the Institute of Cognitive and Informational Sciences, University of Sussex, England, on 28 May 1985.
BRAIN, MIND, AND SOUL
Article first published online: 15 DEC 2005
Volume 20, Issue 4, pages 425–434, December 1985
How to Cite
Gillett, G. R. (1985), BRAIN, MIND, AND SOUL. Zygon, 20: 425–434. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.1985.tb00608.x
- Issue published online: 15 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 15 DEC 2005
Abstract. We view a human being as a mental and spiritual entity and also as having a physical nature. The essence of a person is revealed in our thinking about personal identity, quality of life, and personal responsibility. These conceptions do not fare well in a Cartesian or dualist picture of the person as there are deep problems with the idea that the mind is an inner realm. I argue that it is only as we see the thoughts, actions, and interactions of persons as necessarily involving physical entities in the world whose nature is not completely captured in scientific descriptions that we can understand our existence as mental and spiritual beings.