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CHRISTIAN AND BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVES ON NEURO PSYCHOLOGY AND THE HUMAN PERSON: PNEUMA AND PRATITYASAMUTPADA

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Abstract.

Recent discussions of the mind-brain and the soul-body problems have been both advanced and complexified by the cognitive sciences. I focus explicitly here on emergence, supervenience, and nonreductive physicalist theories of human personhood in light of recent advances in the Christian-Buddhist dialogue. While traditional self and no-self views pitted Christianity versus Buddhism versus science, I show how the nonreductive physicalist proposal regarding human personhood emerging from the neuroscientific enterprise both contributes to and is enriched by the Christian concept of pneuma (spirit) and the Buddhist concept of pratityasamutpada (codependent origination).
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Keywords: Christian-Buddhist dialogue; codependent origination; emergence; nonreductive physicalism; spirit; supervenience

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Amos Yong is Associate Professor of Theology, Bethel University, 3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN, 55112;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2005-03-01

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