Does the specter of substance dualism (a bad pun) hamper your acceptance of “soul mates”?

Question by JD: Does the specter of substance dualism (a bad pun) hamper your acceptance of “soul mates”?
If the soul is understood not as something religious or as a distinct kind of “mental substance” a la Descartes (another bad pun) but rather in the Aristotelean sense of simply those aspects of the whole person such as their capacities, aptitudes, dispositions, affections, and so forth, with presumption that the soul must be separable from the body, does the idea of “soul mates” become less contentious for you?
that should have been “withOUT the presumption…”

Best answer:

Answer by Ty Poe
Geez. Enough with the puns already.

Yes, I could probably subscribe to that non-spiritualistic concept of “finding a soul mate”.

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1 thought on “Does the specter of substance dualism (a bad pun) hamper your acceptance of “soul mates”?

  1. I haven’t thought of it in that light, but that’s interesting. My thought on the word “soulmates” could be considered religious, but has more to do with being destined to be with someone. I am skeptical of pre-destiny.

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