- The aim of The Emergent Self is to present and defend a particular stance on the mind-body problem. Hasker’s strategy is to consider various versions of materialism (or physicalism; he uses the terms interchangeably), then to present objections that, he argues, are fatal to them. After a chapter defending libertarian free will, he critically surveys dualistic alternatives to materialism, and then offers his own version of dualism, Emergent Dualism. He concludes with a discussion of the metaphysical possibility of life after death.
- The Emergent Self is valuable not least because it runs so thoroughly against the grain of contemporary philosophy of mind and metaphysics. Hasker defends a kind of substance dualism. In motivating this now-neglected approach, he ranges over a considerable field, discussing, among other things,
- Kim on supervenience and mental causation,
- Frankfurt on alternative possibilities,
- Nagel on panpsychism,
- Swinburne on the soul,
- O’Connor on agent causation,
- van Inwagen on the impossibility of recreation, and
- Searle on emergent features of systems.
See Link. Also, William Hasker.
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