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Arguments from Consciousness and Morality

Richard Swinburne

in The Existence of God

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239635
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598609 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198239637.003.0010

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Arguments from Consciousness and Morality

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Humans are conscious beings – they have mental events – sensations, thoughts, and intentions. Science might one day produce a list of correlations between mental and brain events, but it is immensely improbable that science would ever be able to explain why a particular mental event was correlated with a particular brain event, or with any event at all. Theism can explain this in terms of God choosing to being about certain kinds of mental life. By contrast, moral truths being in essence necessary truths, have no possible grounds for a good argument to God.

Keywords: brain event; consciousness; God; mental event; mental life; mind; moral argument; theism

Chapter.  12797 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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