Ontology of Body, Mind, and Consciousness

Jonathan B. Edelmann

in Hindu Theology and Biology

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641543
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732232 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Ontology of Body, Mind, and Consciousness

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Seeks to accomplish three ends: (i) outline the important features of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa’s views on the relationship between the body, mind, and consciousness, showing the ways that these three terms are distinguished and related in the text; (ii) examine the two most important arguments from Darwinian theory and neuroscience for a physicalistic view of consciousness, i.e. that the mind/consciousness is dependent for its existence on the body/brain, and shows how and why this physicalistic view is in some ways consistent with Judeo-Christian theologies from the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, St Aquinas and contemporary figures such as Arthur Peacocke and Keith Ward; (iii) show the reasons why the Bhāgavata Purāṇa’s theory of consciousness is immune to the arguments from (ii), thus providing an alternative to physicalism.

Keywords: Sāṁkhya; Puruṣa (consciousness); mind-body complex; physicalism; neural correlates of consciousness; enfleshed; alternative to physicalism

Chapter.  15421 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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