Arguments for the existence of the soul, Part III: Free will and near-death experiences
Kagan (Shelly)
Source: Open Yale Courses, 2007
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  1. Professor Kagan discusses in detail the argument of free will as proof for the existence of an immaterial soul. The argument consists of three premises:
    • 1) We have free will.
    • 2) Nothing subject to determinism has free will.
    • 3) All purely physical systems are subject to determinism.
    The conclusion drawn from this is that humans are not a purely physical system; but Professor Kagan explains why this argument is not truly compelling.
  2. In addition, near-death experiences and the Cartesian argument are discussed at length.

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