Originally posted by AThousandYoung
Is there an assumption that the soul actually exists and that I know this at the time of the offer? I'd consider 'selling' it, if I didn't think it existed. I'd have to discuss it with the person in question to see what they were talking about and why they thought I had a soul I could sell.
It doesn't really matter if you believe in a soul.
Would you find it unsettling to have someone, in all seriousness, offer to buy your soul. I am tempted to proposition strangers with this question as a social experiment. I'm thinking I can get some very unusual reactions out of mothers of newborns in the mall, the elderly in my wife's assisted living corporation or those retards they hire at Walmart to pull it all day. I'm think of drafting a contract to present to my test subjects and I anticipate physical violence could result from my proposal.
As far as your discussion questions, I'd keep my answers simple. "I happen to have need for a human soul and if you don't believe that you have a soul, you should have no problem handing it over."
From a legal standpoint, could it be argued that your 'soul' has intrinsic value. Afterall, we tyically frown on late term abortions as the fetus can be demonstrated to have rudementary sentience and survival,detached from the womb,increases dramatically. One could argue that this rudemetary sentience is the forming of a 'soul' and you are essentially signing over ownership of what makes you... well, you.