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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 17, Issue 3, July 2000

Nicholas Everitt
Pages 333-347
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil200017328

Substance Dualism and Disembodied Existence

In a number of places, Richard Swinburne has defended the logical possibility of perception without a body; and has inferred from this logical possibility that substance dualism is true. I challenge his defence of disembodied perception by arguing that a disembodied perceiver would not be able to distinguish between perceptions and hallucinations. I then claim that even if disembodied perception were possible, this could not be used to support substance dualism: such an inference would be either invalid or question-begging.

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