SCP Eastern Regional Conference

Minds, Bodies, and Souls

March 18-19, 2011


Hosted by

Fordham University

New York, NY


Plenary speakers


Peter van Inwagen

University of Notre Dame


N.T. Wright

University of St. Andrews


Dean Zimmerman

Rutgers University



Discussions of mind, body, soul, and spirit have played a central role in the history of philosophy, and in the theologies of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and other religious traditions. What is the relationship between psychological capacities and states of the human nervous system? Are we animals or something else? What does it take for us to survive over time? What implications do our answers to these questions have for ethics, epistemology, free will and action theory? What implications do they have for theological topics such as resurrection of the dead, immortality of the soul, reincarnation, and our knowledge of divinity?

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