Unity of Body and Soul or Mind-Brain-Being?

Towards a Paradigm Shift in Modern Concepts of Personhood

  • Marcus Knaup

Part of the Abhandlungen zur Philosophie book series (ABPHIL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 409-442

About this book


The relationship between our living body and our soul, our mental expressions of life and our physical environment, are both classical topics for discussion and ones which currently present themselves as part of a truly exciting philosophical debate: are we today still able to speak of a “soul”? And what is meant by a (living) body (German: “Leib”)? Does our brain dictate what we will and do? Or do we have free will? Why are we the same people tomorrow that we were yesterday? Given the discoveries of the modern neural sciences, can human beings still be understood in the context of the unity of body and soul? Or should we rather define ourselves as mind-brain beings (German: Gehirn-Geist-Gestalten)?

Marcus Knaup explores these questions and discusses the most relevant approaches and arguments concerning the (living) body-soul debate. His own approach to current chal-lenges presented by modern brain research emanates from his bringing together Aristotelian Hylomorphism and phenomenology of the living body (German: “Leibphänomenologie”).


mind philosophy of mind brain conscience neuroscience

Authors and affiliations

  • Marcus Knaup
    • 1
  1. 1.Fern Universität in HagenHagenDeutschland

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