Separable Souls: Dualism, Selfhood, and the Possibility of Life after Death

C. Stephen Evans


C. Stephen Evans argues in this essay that Christian theologians and philosophers have been hasty in deserting the traditional dualistic view of the person, which sees the human self as a non-material substance, capable of surviving death, that is nevertheless united with a body in this life and finally in the resurrection. Contemporary scientific findings about the relation of the mind to the body do not give any reason to reject dualism, but they do give reason to rethink dualism. He defends “significant minimal dualism” against “non-reductive materialism” by showing that this type of dualist can fully embrace the close union between mind and body that holds during this life. Mr. Evans is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Baylor University.


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