2. The nature of persons: dualism vs. physicalism

Death (PHIL 176)

Professor Kagan discusses the two main positions with regard to the question, “What is a person?” On the one hand, there is the dualist view, according to which a person is a body and a soul. On the other hand, the physicalist view argues that a person is just a body. The body, however, has a certain set of abilities and is capable of a large range of activities.

00:00 – Chapter 1. “Is There Life After Death?” Asking the Right Question
13:25 – Chapter 2. Ways to Conceptualize Self-Identity
21:18 – Chapter 3. Dualists: The Body-Soul Perspective
39:00 – Chapter 4. The Physicalists: The Body Is a Body and Conclusion

Complete course materials are available at the Yale Online website: online.yale.edu

This course was recorded in Spring 2007.


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