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A Being or To Be?: Philosophical Thoughts about Future Research on Neuroscience and Religions and the Need for Interdisciplinarity

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  • Anne Leona Cesarine Runehov
Can we find a theoretical framework that could build bridges between different disciplines that broadens our insight into the religious dimension of a human being? In the present paper it is suggested that being should be comprehended as comprising ‘being' in terms of ‘a being' (ein Wesen) and in terms of ‘being' (sein). Hence ‘being' reflects the person's neurological-physiological aspects as well as her cultural-religious-personal aspects. If this distinction were to be applied to the study of a person suffering from Alzheimer's disease, this would entail that the neurological and physiological aspects of the person would be considered along with the psychological and spiritual person encapsulated in the damaged brain and body, as well as her relations towards her environment. It is also emphasized that, if a full explanation of a human (religious) being is to be given, it has to be done from the perspective of different disciplines. Such an explanation would be valuable for maximizing well-being.

Keywords: interdisciplinarity, neuroscience, religious being, Alzheimer's disease, reductionism

TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Science and Theology
Vol/bindVol. 2
Udgave nummerno. 1
StatusUdgivet - 2006

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