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Supervenience and Basic Christian Beliefs

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Abstract:

A field-oriented interpretation of Whiteheadian societies of actual occasions, when used to explain the notion of “strong supervenience” as applied to the mind-brain problem, allows one to claim that not only higher-level properties such as consciousness but even higher-level entities such as the mind or soul are emergent from lower-level systems of neuronal interaction. Moreover, it also explains the preexistence of God to the world and Christian belief in eternal life with the triune God in a way that is impossible within the limits of a theory of strong supervenience.

Keywords: God-world relationship; actual occasion; mind-body problem; structured field of activity; supervenience; transempirical hypothesis

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0591-2385.00344

Affiliations: Xavier University

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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