The Human Being, the World and God

Studies at the Interface of Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Mind and Neuroscience

  • Anne L.C. Runehov

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Human Being

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  3. The World

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  4. God

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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 175-186

About this book


This book offers a philosophical analysis of what it is to be a human being in all her aspects. It analyses what is meant by the self and the I and how this feeling of a self or an I is connected to the brain. It studies specific cases of brain disorders, based on the idea that in order to understand the common, one has to study the specific. The book shows how the self is thought of as a three-fold emergent self, comprising a relationship between an objective neural segment, a subjective neural segment and a subjective transcendent segment. It explains that the self in the world tackles philosophical problems such as the problem of free will, the problem of evil, the problem of human uniqueness and empathy. It demonstrates how the problem of time also has its place here. For many people, the world includes ultimate reality; hence the book provides an analysis and evaluation of different relationships between human beings and Ultimate Reality (God). The book presents an answer to the philosophical problem of how one could understand divine action in the world.


Belief systems Cyborgs and robots Emotion and Cognition Human being Human matters Human uniqueness Mystical Experience Near-death Experience Neural Networks Neuroscience Philosophy of Mind Philosophy of Religion Theory of Mind To be human

Authors and affiliations

  • Anne L.C. Runehov
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  1. 1.Department of Systematic TheologyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-44390-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-44392-8
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