Volume 18, Issue 1, 2016
Ethics: Just War as Deterrence Against Terrorism?
John R. Gilhooly
Angelology and Nonreductive Dualism
The traditional distinction between the angelic and human nature rests on the corporeality of the human nature. In light of this fact, I compare a paradigm case of pure substance dualism (PSD) and a paradigm case of compound substance dualism (CSD) to the standards of angelology. I argue that CSD provides an intuitive ground for the traditional distinction, whereas PSD fails to distinguish between angels and humans. Given these paradigm cases, angelology gives us a theological reason to prefer some version of CSD to PSD.