A Philosophical Response to Kwan
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract in English only.
This article reviews Kwan Kai Man’s discussion of whether alleged cases of near death experience can give support to the existence of the soul. Kwan’s discussion strikes a balance between scientific explanations of near death experience and traditional religious views of the soul. The existence of the soul has remained a philosophical problem since ancient Greek philosophy. However, Socrates’s attempt to prove the existence of the soul in the Phaedo clearly shows that a purely philosophical approach is inadequate. The existence of the soul is a cross-disciplinary problem that calls for cross-disciplinary investigation. Kwan’s discussion is a good example of how philosophical thinking and methodology can contribute to this cross-disciplinary investigation into the existence of the soul.
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