Why I Am Not a Physicalist: A Dialogue, a Meditation, and a Cumulative Critique

David W. Aiken

David W. Aiken argues that anthropological dualism is a currently fashionable viewpoint among Christian thinkers in many disciplines. The purpose of this essay is to raise critical questions about the compatibility of this view with traditional Christian theism. The essay begins with a dialogue between an imaginary physicalist and dualist who examine the significance of recent attempts to explain Beethoven’s genius in terms of neuropathology. This sets the stage for a meditation on human creativity from the perspective of neo-Thomist philosopher Jacques Maritain and a cumulative critique of physicalism in the form of a “scholastic disputation.” Mr. Aiken is professor of philosophy at Gordon College.

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