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Do Persons Have Souls?

Submitted by on May 20, 2013 – 4:56 pm3 Comments



  • Vik Ramsoondur


    His book’s an interesting read for sure. I downloaded it last month since it had been made available free of charge by the University of Chicago Press during April, and even if I’ve only so far skimmed through quickly, there is no doubt he’s written a wealth of stimulating stuff in there.

  • Karnamrita Das

    I found this a fascinating discussion. The Professor seems to be an open minded, thoughtful person, who is leaning in a spiritual direction through a rational approach, informed by science, but knowing the limitations of human intellect. I wonder, since he doesn’t believe the mind is produced from the brain, would he think the mind a product of consciousness? As in so many discussions, the questioner had the power of directing the conversation–however, upon viewing other videos in this series, many other topics, like life after death, ESP, etc., were discussed, and I see the validity of having a skeptic, albeit a respectful one, lead the discussion.

    Back to this particular segment, I liked Professor Braude’s perception of “conceptual grids,” or types of lenses, which color our view of reality; the fact that called himself both and anti-physicalist, and anti-mechanist; and his accepting the limitations of reason to ever describe reality completely, bringing him to the conclusion that we need new ways of describing mind and behavior, beyond merely physical causation.

    • Generally in the scientific and Western philosophical community “mind” is equated with consciousness, as in the brain/mind problem.
      So he thinks, as we do, that consciousness is not reducible to matter. I like him.

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