The Substance of Consciousness
In The Substance of Consciousness: A Comprehensive Defense of Contemporary Substance Dualism, two distinguished philosophers deliver a unique and powerful defense of contemporary substance dualism, which makes the claim that the human person is an embodied fundamental, immaterial, and unifying substance. Multidisciplinary in scope, the book explores areas of philosophy, cognitive science, neuroscience, and the sociology of mind-body beliefs.
The authors present the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and rigorous non-edited work on substance dualism in the field, as well as a detailed history of how property and substance dualism have been presented and evaluated over the last 150 years. Alongside developing new and updated positive arguments for substance dualism, they also discuss key metaphysical notions and distinctions that inform the examination of substance dualism and its alternatives.
"This book is a tour de force on the topic of consciousness. The authors offer a depth of analysis that interacts with the latest and best work on this topic in recent years."
- Joshua Rasmussen, Associate Professor of Philosophy,
Azusa Pacific University
What is Consciousness? A New Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind
The fundamental nature of conscious beings is the most crucial issue of the twenty-first century. Yet, there is little work on the nature of consciousness and subjects of consciousness from a robustly informed Christian perspective. What is Consciousness? offers an introduction to the philosophy of mind from a contemporary analytic and analytic phenomenological perspective that takes core Christian ideas and doctrines seriously.
While all leading introductions to the philosophy of mind ignore or fail to take seriously the significant contemporary work defending traditional Christian views (e.g., substance dualism and hylomorphism), this text gives these views their due attention.
Each chapter addresses the most significant primary readings for each subject, including research in neuroscience, psychology, and computer science.