Ralph Davis is an Associate Professor of Biology at Northwestern College, Orange City, IA. He directs the Neuroscience and Persons Program (NAPS) at Northwestern.
The Nature of Human Nature: Traditional Dualistic Views
Who am I? What is the nature of human nature? Of human persons? Such fundamental questions have been raised and debated from time immemorial. A host of answers have been given and in this article we will briefly survey the main categories of views. The traditional dualistic/two component view will be considered and then the trending monistic/one component view; finally, modern neuroscience will weigh into the debate with its working assumption and general consensus perspective on the nature of our being. Let’s start with a very brief survey of the traditional dualistic views.
Changing Views of Humans in the Century of NeuroscienceDownload