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Grayling’s question

By AC Grayling   July 2008

Why would anyone wish to believe that he or she is a combination of a body and a disembodied mind or soul?

One should never underestimate human ingenuity in search of support for implausible views. The idea that human beings (not, usually, dogs or newts) consist of a body and a mind or soul is older than history, but the reasons for the belief are not empirical. Dualists remain in the majority in today’s world, if only because almost all religions involve belief in an afterlife. There are even a few philosophers who are dualists, protecting the reputation of their…

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