materialism and all that

Nuno Borges nuborges at altavista.net
Fri Apr 9 07:00:38 EST 1999


 the term soul is not a mere euphemism. Is the imposition of the vision of the
science. Soul is conotated with a teological view of the world and the idea of
salvation. Is a rupture with the cartesian view.

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Ray Scanlon wrote:

> Hermital wrote in message <370A4AFA.76B4 at livingston.net>...
> >On Tue 4/6/99 13:02 -0400 Ray Scanlon wrote:
> >>
> >> How is the soul (mind) related to the body (brain)? That is the central
> >> question of materialism at the end of this century.
> >
> >Actually, it has been a central question since Descartes articulated the
> >Mind/Body problem in the 17th century CE
>
> In western philosophy precedence is usually given to Anaxagoras. In any
> event the soul/body question is thoroughly explored in the Phaedo. The
> substitution of mind for soul is a euphemism from the first half of the
> nineteenth century.
>
> Descartes went too far when he attempted to have the soul communicate with
> the body through the pineal. (Any other nucleus would have been just as
> bad.) The Princess Elizabeth pointed this out when she asked (in effect) how
> the incorporeal soul could introduce energy into a closed system (the
> universe). He had no ready answer.
>
> Ray
> Those interested in how the brain works might look at
> www.wsg.net/~rscanlon/brain.html




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