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Lecture 5 - Arguments for the existence of the soul, Part III: Free will and near-death experiences

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. In addition, near-death experiences and the Cartesian argument are discussed at length.

Prof. Shelly Kagan
PHIL 176 Death, Spring, 2007
(Yale University: Open Yale)
http://oyc.yale.edu
Date accessed: 2009-01-01
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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