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All the Power in the World$
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Peter Unger

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195155617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195155617.001.0001

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Why We May Become Disembodied, but to No Avail

Why We May Become Disembodied, but to No Avail

(p.470) 8 Why We May Become Disembodied, but to No Avail
All the Power in the World

Peter Unger

Oxford University Press

Nothing remotely like Scientiphicalism is any acceptable metaphysic. And, neither is any materialist philosophy any true philosophy, leastways none that has ever been made available. Rather, as the weight of relevant philosophic consideration suggests, we do better to pursue a quasi-Cartesian substantial dualism, on which each of us has, or is, an immaterial soul. This chapter explores the concept of disembodied souls, immaterial OTHERONS versus material OTHERONS, metaphysical asymmetries and further forms of substantial dualism, some questions about disembodiment and reincarnation, and the question of disembodied souls in relation to the question of an Almighty Creator.

Keywords:   Scientiphicalism, OTHERONS, disembodied souls, philosophy, metaphysic, substantial dualism, metaphysical asymmetries, disembodiment, reincarnation, Almighty Creator

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