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The Explanatory Power of the Soul Why Liberals Should Seriously Consider Dualism

Journal article
Authors Henrik Friberg-Fernros
Published in Journal of Religious Ethics
Volume 48
Issue 1
Pages 101-121
ISSN 0384-9694
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 101-121
Language en
Keywords liberalism, dualism, naturalism, equality, human agency, abortion, Religion
Subject categories Religious Studies


Liberalism and naturalism are the reigning orthodoxies of most faculties today, while dualism is overwhelmingly rejected. The overarching claim defended in this paper is that liberals should consider dualism more seriously than what currently seems to be the case. This claim will be defended in two stages. First, I will argue that dualism provides better resources with which to defend foundational liberal commitments to human equality and human agency than those naturalism offers. Secondly, I will argue that dualism is plausible enough to be seriously considered by liberals granted that this view is friendlier to liberal commitments than naturalism is.

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