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Christian Materialism and the Quest for Human Personhood
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Philosophy of Religion.
2017 (English)In: Perichoresis. The Theological Journal of Emanuel University, ISSN 1224-984X, E-ISSN 2284-7308, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 83-100Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper offers a critical exploration of philosopher Kevin Corcoran's proposed Christian Materialism. Corcoran's constitution view claims that we human persons are constituted by our bodies without being identical with the bodies that constitute us. I will critically evaluate this view and argue that Corcoran has not successfully managed to ground a first-person perspective and intentional states in materialism. Moreover, Corcoran's property dualism about mental states and the idea of the causally efficacy of such states seem incompatible with materialism. Corcoran's view of imago Dei is also explored and evaluated. Towards the end of the paper I put forward a brief defense of dualism in light of Corcoran's critique.

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WALTER DE GRUYTER GMBH , 2017. Vol. 15, no 2, p. 83-100
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Christian Materialism, constitution view, Kevin Corcoran, reductionism, dualism
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-340971DOI: 10.1515/perc-2017-0011ISI: 000414636900005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-340971DiVA, id: diva2:1182038
Available from: 2018-02-12 Created: 2018-02-12 Last updated: 2018-02-12Bibliographically approved

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