Are Souls Unintelligible?
Hoffman (Joshua) & Rosenkrantz (Gary)
Source: Philosophical Perspectives, Vol. 5, Philosophy of Religion (1991), pp. 183-212
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Authors’ Introduction

  1. In asserting the existence of God, traditional Western theism asserts the existence of a purely spiritual being. According to this form of theism, God is a disembodied1 spirit, or soul, with the power to effect material things. In addition, many theists are committed to the existence of other souls that have this power, e.g., angels, devils, or human souls.
  2. A variety of objections have been raised to the intelligibility of both the notion of a soul and the notion of a soul effecting a material thing. Since traditional Western theism presupposes the intelligibility of these notions, the soundness of any of these objections entails the unintelligibility of this form of theism. Our aim is to defend the intelligibility of the concepts of a soul and of dualistic interactionism against these objections

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