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A Brief History of the Soul


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Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1 The Soul in Greek Thought 6 2 The Soul in Medieval Christian Thought 30 3 The Soul in Continental Thought 65 4 The Soul in Locke, Butler, Reid, Hume, and Kant 105 5 The Problem of Soul?Body Causal Interaction 131 6 The Soul and Contemporary Science 152 7 Contemporary Challenges to the Soul 182 8 Thoughts on the Future of the Soul 202 Bibliography 216 Index 225

About the Author

Stewart Goetz is Ross Frederick Wicks DistinguishedProfessor in Philosophy and Religion at Ursinus College. He haswritten extensively on the philosophy of mind and action theory andhis books include Freedom, Teleology, and Evil (2008), Naturalism (with Charles Taliaferro, 2008), and The SoulHypothesis (edited with Mark Baker, 2011). Charles Taliaferro is Professor of Philosophy at St. OlafCollege. He is on the editorial board of the AmericanPhilosophical Quarterly, Religious Studies,Sophia, and Philosophy Compass. His books includeConsciousness and the Mind of God (1994, 2004),Naturalism (with Stewart Goetz, 2008), A Companion toPhilosophy of Religion, 2nd edition (edited with Paul Draper,Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and The Image in Mind (with JilEvans, 2010).


An extremely useful chronological account of how theconcept of the soul developed. (Times HigherEducation Supplement, 5th July 2012)

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