Thursday, September 26, 2013
"The Soul proposes a philosophy of reality in which we are souls distinct from our thoughts and our sensations. Imperceptual souls interact with, but cannot be captured by, perceptions. Recognition of the soul as self allows us to avoid reductions of self and reality to thoughts and sensations. Soulful self-recognition suggests instead a respectfully curious indifference to our perceptions, reminiscent of ancient Pyrrhonnian skepticism, sustained by a representationally opaque but mysteriously humanizing suggestion of non-perceptual immortality."
-- from the back cover blurb
"Adrian Kuzminski's The Soul places him in a very small circle of contemporary philosophers whoa re singular, original thinkers. Like a painter stipulating compositional form, subject, colors, and styles, Kuzminski 'stipulates' definitions of perception, sensation, thought, form, contrast, and a host of other notions that allow him to develop a philosophically precise system of the soul, the person and perceptions. Though stipulative in the beginning, the notions are so carefully defined with respect to the insights and oversights of other thinkers that the cumulative effect is a serious, dialectically engaged argument of contemporary philosophy. Kuzminski's approach picks up on the problematics of George Berkeley . . . it is one of the few works in Western philosophy to be healthily informed by Indian and Chinese philosophies. Kuzminski's criticisms of behaviorism (the reduction of thought to sensation) and solipsism (the reduction of sensation to thought) are worth the purchase and study of the book itself. The Soul proves that brilliant, original, philosophical genius has not died."
-- comment by Robert C. Neville
The Soul was first published by Peter Lang in 1994. It is currently out of print but a hard copy and/or pdf of the text can be obtained by contacting the author at firstname.lastname@example.org