3. Arguments for the existence of the soul, Part I

Published 2008-10-06
Death (PHIL 176)

The lecture focuses on arguments that might be offered as proof for the existence of the soul. The first series of arguments discussed is those known as "inferences to the best explanation." That is, we posit the existence of things we cannot see so as to explain something else that is generally agreed to take place.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: The P-Functioning Body
03:02 - Chapter 2. The Mind According to Physicalists and Dualists
12:17 - Chapter 3. Inferencing to the Best Explanation to Prove the Soul's Existence
19:55 - Chapter 4. Can Only the Soul Justify Feature F?
35:07 - Chapter 5. Abilities, Desires, Emotions -- Candidates for Feature F

Complete course materials are available at the Yale Online website: online.yale.edu

This course was recorded in Spring 2007.