A Defence of the Concept of the Soul

  • Paul Badham
Part of the Library of Philosophy and Religion book series


What is it that constitutes my personal identity? That is the major question facing any speculation about a possible future life. If my selfhood is necessarily dependent on bodily continuity, then there seems no sense in which my conscious personal self could exist after the cremation and scattering of my corpse. On the other hand if Descartes was right in arguing that ‘This I, that is to say, the mind, by which I am what I am, is entirely distinct from the body’,1 then this fundamental objection to belief in life after death is removed. Let us therefore examine the arguments which led Descartes to this conclusion.


Personal Identity Body Schema Bodily Continuity Christian Belief Unfamiliar Face 
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© Paul Badham 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Badham
    • 1
  1. 1.Lecturer in TheologySt David’s University CollegeLampeter, WalesUK

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