Non-Reductive Physicalism A Dissenting Voice

James B. Stump

Non-reductive physicalism is currently a fashionable theory about the relation of the mind to the body. Philosophers, neuropsychologists, and Bible scholars have endorsed it as the truth. In this essay, Jim Stump cuts through some of the technical jargon and discusses in accessible language three of the core elements of any non-reductive physicalist theory. He argues that there are some conceptual difficulties which have been largely ignored by proponents of the theory. In conclusion, he offers some historical context for why non-reductive physicalism has risen to the popularity it enjoys. Mr. Stump is Vice President for Academic Services and Professor of Philosophy at Bethel College (Indiana).

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