THE SOUL: How We Know It's Real and Why it Matters By: J.P. Moreland
(HIGHER IS BETTER)
Time Well Spent
Must Share With Others
Will Read Again
Limited philosophical jargon, technical terms, and concepts.
(LOWER IS BETTER FOR LAY PEOPLE)
Newspaper / Magazine
Highly Technical / Academic Text
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION: What's So Important about the Soul and Consciousness? Chapter 1: A Toolbox for the Soul Chapter 2: The Bible on the Soul and Consciousness Chapter 3: The Nature and Reality of Consciousness Chapter 4: The Reality of the Soul Chapter 5: The Future of the Human Person
As always Dr. Moreland has written an excellent book. While this is a relatively short book at 193 pages it is information packed. This book has quite a bit of technical terms and concepts but also comes with a very clear summary and glossary of terms at the end of each chapter. That makes this complex subject much easier to navigate if you take a few moments to reference the words you don't know.
I appreciate that the book breaks down the mind/body problem in two major camps, physicalism and dualism. While Dr. Moreland explores subsets of each system he doesn't take you too far into the weeds. He does an excellent job of helping the reader to understand the foundations of dualism (an individual with a physical body and a non-physical soul) while also presenting objections raised by physicalists.
If you are looking for a serious treatment of the soul and insight into how the brain and soul interact this is the book you need to be reading. As a lay person I appreciated that Dr. Moreland added enough technical language, concepts, and definitions to help me learn and expand my understanding of the subject and its philosophical underpinnings. By presenting the objections to his view (dualism) I feel better prepared to have a serious (lay level) conversation with people who may have a different perspective about the existence of the soul.
Don't miss this book. There aren't many books out there that engage the subject of the soul from a philosophical perspective while still remaining readable for a lay audience. I highly suggest it for every library.