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Why We May Become Disembodied, but to No Avail

Peter Unger

in All the Power in the World

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195155617
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850563 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195155617.003.0008
Why We May Become Disembodied, but to No Avail

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Nothing remotely like Scientiphicalism is any acceptable metaphysic. And, neither is any materialist philosophy any true philosophy, leastways none that has ever been made available. Rather, as the weight of relevant philosophic consideration suggests, we do better to pursue a quasi-Cartesian substantial dualism, on which each of us has, or is, an immaterial soul. This chapter explores the concept of disembodied souls, immaterial OTHERONS versus material OTHERONS, metaphysical asymmetries and further forms of substantial dualism, some questions about disembodiment and reincarnation, and the question of disembodied souls in relation to the question of an Almighty Creator.

Keywords: Scientiphicalism; OTHERONS; disembodied souls; philosophy; metaphysic; substantial dualism; metaphysical asymmetries; disembodiment; reincarnation; Almighty Creator

Chapter.  17938 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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