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Death (PHIL 176)
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.
00:00 - Chapter 1. The Dualist's Stance on Free Will and the Soul's Existence 04:57 - Chapter 2. Determinism and Free Will Cannot Coexist -- Inspecting Incompatibility 15:22 - Chapter 3. Positing the Soul's Existence for Near-Death Experiences 28:14 - Chapter 4. Does a Physical Understanding of Supernatural Phenomena Exist? 36:33 - Chapter 5. Introduction to Descartes's Cartesian Argument: The Mind and the Body Are Not the Same 45:34 - Chapter 6. Conclusion
Complete course materials are available at the Yale Online website: online.yale.edu