“You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily,” wrote Walter M. Miller Jr in his dystopian novel, A Canticle for Leibowitz.
Towards the end of the Spring Term, Lower Sixth Philosophy and Theology A-level students have been discerning whether the concept of ‘soul’ is best understood metaphorically, or as a metaphysical reality. We played a card game to solidify our learning, where each card represented a philosophical approach, from Plato’s dualism to Patricia Churchland’s reductionism. Where do you stand: are you a soul?