Substance dualism and its rationale


in Free Will and Modern Science

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264898
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754074 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Original Paperbacks

Substance dualism and its rationale

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Substance dualism is the view that humans are essentially immaterial souls, and that conscious events are events in that soul. This chapter considers the arguments for and against this view. It argues that such questions as ‘Would I have existed if my mother's egg had been fertilized by a different though genetically identical sperm from my father?’ must have a sharp yes-or-no answer, but that they would not have a sharp answer if being me consisted simply of being made of similar genetic material and having a similar conscious life.

Keywords: humans; immaterial souls; conscious events; substance dualism

Chapter.  8740 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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