The Problem Of The Soul Two Visions Of Mind And How To Reconcile Them

The Problem Of The Soul Two Visions Of Mind And How To Reconcile Them

Traditional ideas about the basic nature of humanity are under attack as never before. The very attributes that make us human--free will, the permanence of personal identity, the existence of the soul--are being undermined and threatened by the current revolution in the science of the mind. If the mind is the brain, and therefore a physical object subject to deterministic laws, how can we have free will? If most of our thoughts and impulses are unconscious, how can we be morally responsible for what we do? The Problem of the Soul shows the way out of these seemingly intractable paradoxes. Framing the conflict in terms of two dominant visions of the mind--the "manifest image" of humanistic philosophy and theology, and the scientific image--renowned philosopher Owen Flanagan demonstrates that there is, in fact, common ground, and that we need not give up our ideas of moral responsibility and personal freedom in order to have an empirically sound view of the human mind.

Title:The Problem Of The Soul Two Visions Of Mind And How To Reconcile Them
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780465024605
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  • Heather Pagano

    This book changed the way I understand myself and my world. Concepts like the manifest image and the center of the spider web are now part of my regular thought and speech patterns. Owen's analytic ex...

  • Book

    The Problem of the Soul by Owen Flanagan“The Problem of the Soul” is the interesting book about the two main conflicting views of the soul: one being the humanistic and the other scientific. Philo...

  • Kris

    I never know what to say about this book. It is so integrated into how I think now that I forget why it was significant. It may have been one of the earliest books in my library that defined humans as...

  • James M. Madsen, M.D.

    What a dense but well-written book! Flanagan compares and contrasts various aspects of the "manifest image" (the traditional view of the world, the soul, immortality, and ethics as exemplified by trad...

  • Todd

    The Problem of the Soul does an excellent job of revealing the philosophical bankruptcy of Cartesian dualism, the manifest image of humanity (that we are ensouled beings existing somehow outside of th...

  • Brian Pagano

    This was my first book by Flanagan, but it won't be my last. It was well written and quite interesting (until the final chapter, where it really ran out of steam). A solid 3.5 stars. Flanagan wrote a ...

  • John

    You have to appreciate philosophical argument to get through it. Pretty dense stuff, but really good summation of the conflict between the humanistic and scientific image of who we are. Worth a read, ...

  • Eric

    Flanagan is a committed naturalist/materialist attempting to reconcile our beliefs in magical things such as souls, minds, personal identity, and free-will. His reconciliations seem labored and are ul...

  • Howard Brown

    Very much enjoyed Owen's book ...

  • Williwaw

    A worthy effort, but I got bored and gave up. I guess I don't care enough if we have souls or not. What would it add to my experience?...