"Soul" Essays and Research Papers


SOUL The question of the truth and knowledge of soul and its peculiarity in form is a highly debated issue in philosophy. Does the soul exist? How can one find their souls? Since the soul is not physical, can we connect with it? Numerous theories of nature and existence of the soul have come up as an attack on the belief in its existence after death. In his Republic, Plato argues that the soul consists of three basic energies which animate human beings: Reason, Emotion, and Appetite. Reason is...

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want?' and his mind says, 'You feel so unhappy.' And as soon as he asks, 'For what?' his mind answers that he cannot have that, which he seeks. It is in this way that all through his life a man runs after things which are not the real desire of his soul. Sometimes he thinks it is his bodily appetites and passions which demand satisfaction, sometimes that it is his intellectual powers; but even if they were satisfied he would still find himself unhappy. 'Perhaps,' he thinks, 'it is wealth, position...

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There is no soul

‘There is no soul…’ 35 Marks The issues focused on whether a soul exists or not; I personally think that we do have a soul therefore, I disagree with this statement ‘there is no soul’. The main reason to that is because I believe that our soul is our identity and without our soul we are left with nothing but our body which then leaves us the same as every other human on this earth however, the only thing that can actually differ us from other human beings in order to make such a creative world...

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The Soul and Ethics

The Soul And Ethics The philosophies of Plato and Aristotle differ on many issues. The most important thing is the examination of their differing views on ethical theory, and how the soul is connected. We could find many conflictions between the ethical theories of Plato and Aristotle. But, the most important points are their differing views on the human souls function and its role in ethics. Each philosophy contradicts eachother and provides a variety of arguments to which we will explore. The...

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The Myth of the Soul

 The Myth of the Soul Plato’s Phaedrus centers around the concept of the soul and its division. Plato uses the soul to describe physiological thinking and justification of all aspects of philosophy as the most noble of all ventures because of its relationship to the soul. The first speeches are on love and how best to love. The central arguments are whether or not it is best in a Paederastic to be in a relationship with someone who does or does not love you. Initially, Socrates seemed fairly...

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Socrates and the Soul

important task, in life, was to care for ones soul. Socrates argues that the soul is immortal and that we must rise above our physical nature in order to gain true knowledge. He believed the soul was our very essence, and our bodies the instrument utilized in dealing with the physical world. Socrates seemed confidant that human beings survive physical death, therefore possessing an immortal soul. He felt a philosophers concern was not with the body but with the soul and the body played no part in the attainment...

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Soul of Dell

The “Soul of Dell” was created Kevin Rollins was serving as the Senior Vice President of strategy and noticed Dell had a culture that needed to be changed. This culture was, “created a culture of stock price, a culture of financial performance, and a culture of 'what's in it for me?' throughout our employee base" (Zellen, 2004). Between Rollins and Michael Dell the “Soul of Dell” was created. This is now the corporate philosophy for Dell and has been since 2000. The purpose of The Soul of Dell...

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The Soul Is a Freedom

world, dominated by equality and freedom. And the need for the soul of the natural world is merely a reflection of its internal processes... The soul is freedom. Our soul does not know how to argue, nothing can force it into the objective items. In soul everything is determined from within, from the depths. Religious freedom is the pathos of the pathos of spirituality. To gain true freedom means to enter the spiritual world of your soul. Person defines itself from inside, from the depths of the extent...

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The Soul & Self

The Soul and the Self There have been many ideas and ways of thinking about the soul and the self in our history. The development of theories of the self and personal identity dates all the way back to the ancient Greeks to present day. Philosophers and scientists have developed huge intellectual trends, controversies, and ideas that shape the way we think of ourselves today. The theories of the soul and self date back to ancient Greek times where ideas of Plato, Aristotle, and the materialistic...

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What Is a Soul?

What is a soul? Is it part of our body? Does it even hold any significant importance? These are all great questions that nobody can be quite sure about. Through this essay, I’m going to dissect the powerful theories on the soul from Plato’s Phaedo and offer insight on how the soul may hold the ultimate key to happiness. In Plato’s Phaedo, Plato speaks on his theories on the existence of the soul through the voice of Socrates. In this dialogue, Socrates has been sentenced to death and talks...

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Body and Soul

The Dying Generation The body is a material thing. Over time it becomes incapable to continue in the physical world. The soul is trapped within the body, and when the body can no longer continue in the physical world the soul wants to transcend to an otherworldly plane. In William Butler Yeats’s poem “Sailing to Byzantium” the speaker describes the journey to release the soul from his ageing body. The poet uses imagery of life such as birds, trees, salmon, and mackerel crowded seas. These images...

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care of souls

CARE OF SOULS A new form of counselling technique is emerging within Christian circles. It is called “soul care”. The term, itself, is an old concept which has been around for centuries, but its nature has evolved poorly having been buried under man’s interpretation of theology and science and, as a result, has lost its lustre. It is “new” because David Benner, PhD., in his book Care of Souls, resurrects the old, dusting off the residues of man’s attempt to turn this wonderful form of care...

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View of the Soul

Agnew Phil 101 Hicks 3-8-13 Aristotle vs. Plato: Views on the Soul The happening which took place in the sixth and fifth centuries in how the Greeks thought and spoke of the soul resulted in a very complicated notion that comes out as one as outstanding close to conceptions of the soul that we find in philosophical theories, especially Plato’s and Aristotle’s theories. In doing so they changed the ways that we look at the soul, and how we view philosophy. But when looking at their views, are...

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Soul Searching

The human soul has been sought after, debated, and speculated about for over 4000 years. Widely differing views of the soul are the cause of great dispute over issues such as abortion, the right to die, organ donation, stem cell research, genetic engineering, and cloning. What exactly is, if anything, is the soul? Where is it located? Where does it come from? What happens to it when we die? Scientists, theologians, and philosophers have pursued the answers to these questions throughout time...

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Soul and Socrates

argue very plainly for this correlation linking the "truly wise" and madness because it demonstrates Socrates attempt to "dangle" an idea in front of Phaedrus, who after Socrates 1st speech was expecting a philosophical, structured way of defining the soul and now left to wonder what madness has to do with anything. The quote defends the claim that madness is an essential part of Socrates attempt to persuade Phaedus (the reader) that madness is not something bad; the way Lysias outlined it in his speech...

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Windows to the soul

Windows to the Soul I’ve been told that the eyes are windows to the soul. If you looked into my great-grandmother’s eyes, you would see the slow evolution of time. You would see nearly a century of life and knowledge hidden behind her milky violet irises. You would see a battle, visible on the inside and out, as you watch the dementia slowly creep over as each second passes. My tutu Violet is one of the oldest people I know; she is the ultimate test of time. Over the years, she has done it all...

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Secret of the Soul

The Secret of the Soul How does one comprehend [with] the vast wonder life has to offer? Or how does one able to understand the meaning of trials in life? There are a [lot of ways] number of ways in which one can manifest the grandeur of life, the complexity of its meaning, and the severity of its tragedies. But in order to achieve such, one must be totally submissive to an eternal Being, who is omnipotent enough to see us through, powerful enough that our knees shake, lovable enough that our...

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A Level Essay On Aristotle And Soul

 Explain Aristotle’s body/soul distinction. A key question for the ancient Greeks (as it still is for many people today) is whether the soul can exist independently of the body. Anyone who believes in immortality also believes in the independent existence of the soul. Plato certainly thought that the soul could exist separately. Here is what Aristotle has to say on this topic: . . . the soul does not exist without a body and yet is not itself a kind of body. For it is not a body, but something...

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Plato: Immortality of the Soul

PHAEDO: IMMORTALITY OF SOUL In the dialogue Phaedo Plato discusses the immortality of the soul. He presents four different arguments to prove the fact that although the body of the human perishes after death; the soul still exists and remains eternal. Firstly, he explains the Argument from Opposites that is about the forms and their existence in opposite forms. His second argument is Theory of Recollection which assumes that each and every information that one has in his/her mind is related to...

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Phaedo: Soul and Body

251- 503 February 14, 2014 Phaedo: Soul & Body As one may see throughout their life, people have different points of view. Plato and I share the same views on the Argument from Affinity up until a certain point. I believe that while you are alive, even before you are alive, your soul is a part of you and that that soul will be only yours, and once your life ends here on Earth, your soul goes to Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory, meaning that I do believe the soul is both imperishable and immortal. ...

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Justice and the Soul in Plato's Republic

psychological theory, according to which, the soul has three parts, or faculties, or types of motivation. Plato’s argument begins with the observation that souls contain conflict; Conflict in the soul implies different parts that are opposed to each other (436b-438a). Desire is opposed by the calculating part of the soul (438a-439d). Spirit is different from both desire and the calculating part (439e-441c). Therefore, from (1), (2), and (3), the parts of the soul are identical in number and function...

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My Immortal Soul

Immortality of the Soul Plato has roused many readers with the work of a great philosopher by the name of Socrates. Through Plato, Socrates lived on generations after his time. A topic of Socrates that many will continue to discuss is the idea of “an immortal soul”. Although there are various works and dialogues about this topic it is found to be best explained in The Phaedo. It is fair to say that the mind may wonder when one dies what exactly happens to the beloved soul, the giver of life...

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Islamic Beliefs - the Soul

Islamic Beliefs on the Soul According to few verses from the Qur'an, the creation of humans involves Allah "breathing" souls into them. This intangible part of an individual's existence is "pure" at birth. It has the potential of growing and achieving nearness to God if the person leads a righteous life. At death, the person's soul transitions to an eternal afterlife of bliss, peace and unending spiritual growth until the day of judgement where both the body and soul are reunited for judgement at...

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Freud a Look at Man's Soul

sense of Spirituality than that of most religions. While Freud believed that the Soul was born in the womb and died with the person, I believe that the Soul is what directs our life on earth for an evolution of the Soul itself for purposes beyond the understanding of a life on Earth. I agree with Freud, for the most part, on sexuality and the Libido as being the most promising playing ground for the work of the Soul to take place and often misinterpreted for sex itself. While Freud’s compartmentalization...

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Metaphysics: Soul and Aristotle

The Nature of Souls According to Aristotle, every animate being is a living thing which can move itself only because it has asoul. Animals and plants, along with human beings, are more like each other than any of them are like any inanimate object, since each of them has a soul. Thus, his great treatise on psychology, On The Soul, offers interconnected explanations for the functions and operations of all living organisms. All such beings, on Aristotle's view, have a nutritive soul which initiates...

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Lucretius and Plato on the Mortality of the Soul

Patrick McCleery Essay I: Lucretius and Plato on the Mortality of the Soul In this essay it will be argued that the soul is mortal and does not survive the death of the body. As support, the following arguments from Lucretius will be examined: the “proof from the atomic structure of the soul,” the “proof from parallelism of mind and body,” the “proof from the sympatheia of mind and body,” and the “proof from the structural connection between mind and body.” The following arguments from Plato...

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There Is No Soul That Outlasts the Body

“THERE IS NO SOUL THAT OUTLASTS THE BODY” ESSAY Richard Dawkins, a famous atheist philosopher stated that “There is no body that out lasts the soul.” He is a famous monist who believes that the soul is not real but if it was, it would not be immortal as it is connected to the body. He self classifies himself as an atheist and states in the opening chapter of "The God Delusion": "God is a delusion. ... Human thoughts and emotions emerge from exceedingly complex interconnections of physical...

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Reincarnation: Soul and Honest Life

Reincarnation written by: Sivan Kaplan grade: 10th score: 90% date: 16/2/97 Reincarnation is the belief that after death, one's soul keeps existing and is reborn another person or animal. It keeps reborning until it redeems itself. Then it returns to the temple of god, which the Buddhists call "Nirvana" - eternal tranquillity. Two of the many ancient tribes who believed in reincarnation are the Greeks and the Egyptians. Karma, the belief that our actions...

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Do Animals Have Souls?

English period 1 11 December 2012 Synthesis Prompt- Topic: Do Animals Have Souls? The definition of a soul differs from person to person. To some, what makes a human different from the rest of the animals is the soul.  Many say that since animals’ intelligence is inferior to that of a human’s, they have no soul; since the soul is what makes humans the “master species”. It is revealed that animals are simply composed differently from humans. As said by Descartes, animals act solely upon their...

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Platos Tripartite Soul

(2) Critically evaluate Plato’s theory of the tripartite soul, in Republic. Plato’s espousal of a tripartite conception of thesoul’ as displayed in The Republic, offers an interesting and valuable account of the human psyche, and for the motivational factors that can influence individual conduct. By virtue of searching for why a man should follow courses of action that are seen to be ‘just’, Plato compliments his ethical answers by establishing a psychological structure that shows that conflict...

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Soul Survives Your Body

SOUL SURVIVES YOUR BODY! You think you are what you see in the mirror—a physical form with a mind! But your body is a bundle of foods you gathered; and your mind is a bundle of impressions you gathered. What about the more important thing, something fundamental that holds both these things, something that still works even when you are asleep, the one you feel from inside, the real essence of who you are, something that is called by different names such as the pure essence, the pure I, the pure consciousness...

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The Immortality of the Soul in Plato's Phaedo

Dao Le Prof. Mark Cronin HU 102 - HD April 2, 2012 The Immortality of the Soul in Plato’s Phaedo Among Plato’s dialogues, which serve to honor the realm of philosophy in general and Socrates’s life in particular, the Phaedo dramatically and poignantly portrays the death scene of Socrates. The Phaedo evokes such tragic sentiments of pity and fear while at the same time glorifies Socrates as the martyr for the truth. He dies because of human’s injustice yet faces his own death with extraordinary...

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Existence of Eternal Soul

DR. FAZLUL ISLAM EXISTENCE OF ETERNAL SOUL Highly energetic chemistry is believed to have produced a self-replicating molecule around 4 billion years ago and half a billion years later the last common ancestor of all life existed. The current scientific consensus is that the complex biochemistry that makes up life came from simpler chemical reactions. The beginning of life may have included self-replicating molecules such as RNA, and the assembly of simple cells.1, 2 Fig-1: DNA Double Helix...

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Plato's Soul and the Homunculus Problem

Plato’s Theory of Soul and The Homunculus Problem Rebecca Vinci Plato’s theory of the soul and the Homunculus theory of human cognition are two distinct theories that both allude to the concept of a mind having smaller parts within it that are assigned to certain tasks and each responsible for the function of a certain cognitive capacity which, together, explain some aspect of the functioning of the whole Both theories use this cognitivist concept as an attempt to explain the complexity of the...

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Mind Body & Soul

Everyone has their own opinions and beliefs and can interpret information as they see fit. Both Bertrand Rusell and Richard Swinburne have expressed their views on the topics of the mind soul and the after life. These are very complex areas of science and have their own ideas of what the mind and soul are and what there purposes are. Russell discussed the finality of Death. He argues that there cannot be life after death and that after the destruction of our body's that our memories and personality...

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Three Parts of the Soul

“parts” of a society, the just individual also consists of “parts;” “parts” of the soul. Socrates is able to identify the first part of the soul as the rational part that yearns for truth, the second part of the soul as the spirited part that lustsafter honor, and a desiring part of the soul that yearns for everything else, such as food, drink, money and sex. Socrates feels that the relationship between the parts of the soul and the parts of the city reflect how justice is had and how justice should be...

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City and the Soul - Plato

How compelling is the city-soul analogy and to what extent does the picture of “Platonic justice” that emerges from it differ from conventional justice? Much has been written about the inadequacy of the city-soul analogy in establishing what justice is, and further about how Plato fails to adequately connect his vision of justice to the conventional one and so is unable to address the original challenge. I mean to show that the city-soul analogy is in fact compelling, or at least that is it sufficiently...

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Comparison between the Self and Soul

 What is the “Self” and what is the “Soul”? The answer to this question can vary in all different kinds of ways. If you ask someone religious they will tell you that you the self is more of a shell for the soul, and the soul is the spiritual essence of a person. If you ask a philosopher, they will most likely answer those questions with another question, such as are they not the same thing? Or what exactly is the essence of a person? In David Samuels’ essay “In the Age of Radical Selfishness”...

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Suffering Soul in Scientific Age Outlines Introduction What Is Soul? Relationship Between Soul and Body Why Soul Is Suffering in Scientific Age? Scientific Age and Inventions Food of Soul Is Affection Soul Needs

Suffering soul in scientific age Outlines Introduction What is soul? Relationship between soul and body Why Soul is suffering in scientific age? Scientific age and inventions Food of soul is affection Soul needs spirituality Body needs materialistic pleasures Conclusion As flower needs water and sun shine for blooming, as similar soul needs love of Almighty God? Love of Almighty Allah who is merciful and benevolent is very essential for the gratification of human soul. Soul gets glow...

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Salvation and the Importance of the Soul

 Salvation and the Importance of the Soul in the 15th Century In an era filled high infant mortality, short life expectancy, and daily public executions, it is no surprise that beliefs concerning salvation and the afterlife were something that was on the forefront of the minds of people living in Medieval and Renaissance era. For people living during this time, there was a heavy emphasis placed on the morality of one’s daily actions. People were unsure of whether or not they were predestined...

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The Lonely Soul of Dasein

morality leaves Dasein with no soul. Dasein then is nothing more than a component of the world through other Dasein. One can only Be when one’s Being is disclosed by Others until the they is escaped in Death. Heidegger doesn’t enjoy the negative connotation of the word escape in the context of relationships with Others, but this seems to be more important as a question of true existence, true realization of the authentic Self. I argue that the soul, the spirit, the essence of Dasein...

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Plato's Tripartite Soul - Discussion and Evaluation

Tripartite Soul which describes the human soul as having three parts corresponding to the three classes of society in a just city. Individual justice consists in maintaining these three parts in the correct power relationships, which reason ruling, spirit aiding reason, and appetite obeying. In ‘A Study of Human Nature’ Plato tries to explain his Tripartite theory by ways of a parable, a vivid illustration which describes the soul as having three parts (tripartite): ‘I divided each soul into three...

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Notes on the Natural History of the Soul in Mexico

Notes on the natural history of the soul in Mexico CHAPTER 1 Page 1 “The soul is the ultimate essence of the person” eastern philosophies consider the soul to be a spirit trapped in flesh. Western orthodoxy says its a eternal spirit Aztecs= the mexica (post classic 1200-1519ad) Page 2 The Mexica- were mostly known for enthusiastically going to war, human sacrifice in rituals, dismemberment, cannibalism, and subjagation of conquered people. Had “ well developed...

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The Soul Selects Her Own Society

November 5, 2012 “The soul selects her own society” By Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson’s poem, “The soul selects her own society”, is very vague and has many double meanings that are difficult to understand the first time read. In “The soul selects her own society”, Emily Dickinson uses diction, imagery, and symbols to show her dedication to her poetry and her suitor. Through diction and imagery, Dickinson is able to define what is literally happening and the figurative meanings behind the words...

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Plato's Republic Three Parts of the Soul

Plato’s Republic: Three Parts of the Soul In his book The Republic, Plato searches for justice within the individual and what makes a person just. By comparing his sense of what is just at a political level and what is just at a psychological level he proposes three virtues of the individual which will make that particular person just. The virtues are of wisdom, courage and moderation. A just man won’t differ at all from a just city in respect to the form of justice; rather he'll be like the city...

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Plato’s Argument for Three Parts of the Soul

Plato argues that the soul comprises of three parts namely rational, appetitive, and the spirited. These parts also match up the three ranks of a just community. Personal justice involves maintaining the three parts in the proper balance, where reason rules while appetite obeys. According to Plato, the appetitive part of the soul is the one that is accountable for the desires in people. It is accountable for the effortless cravings required to stay alive like hunger, thirst, and for pointless cravings...

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Phaedo Examines Wether the Human Soul Is Immortal or Not

The Phaedo is a story that is set on the last day of Socrates' life. The dialogue examines whether the human soul is immortal or not. Socrates does not fear death, but he looks it straight in the eye and thinks this is what a philosopher practices for. Socrates believes that the soul is immortal, and therefore, outlasts the body. Socrates defends his argument by trying to establish that things come to be from their opposite. In his argument, he implies that all things that can change are eternal...

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Plato's City-Soul Analogy and the Nature of Justice

purpose of the city-soul analogy and does it help us understand the nature of justice? In his philosophy, Plato places a large emphasis on the importance of the idea of justice. This emphasis can be seen especially in his work ‘The Republic’ where, through his main character Socrates, he attempts to define the nature of justice and to justify this definition. One of the methods used by Socrates to strengthen or rather explain his argument on justice is through his famous city-soul analogy, where a...

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Book Review on Care for Souls by David Benner

Reflection Paper - Care of Souls: Revisioning Christian Nurture and Counsel by Swanie Khoo In the work of professional psychology, we have now a forray of theories, therapeutic techniques, and modern psychotherapies which has all too frequently ignore the spiritual element in human life. In Care of Souls, Dr David Benner recaptures the place of the spiritual in psychological work. Among the many benefits of the use of modern therapies and medical science, he has also emphasised putting God's...

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A Review of Saint Augustine’s Virtue and the Human Soul

A Review of Saint Augustine’s Virtue and the Human Soul In Augustine’s article “Virtue and the Human Soul,” happiness is discussed in great detail. What makes a man happy? How do we obtain this happiness and where does happiness reside? Can this happiness be lost? Augustine answers these questions by the notion of one’s “chief good.” He explains that a man’s chief good is the reason behind all happiness. If one is not happy, it is because they have not found their chief good, and therefore cannot...

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The Analysis of an Extract of “the Fisherman and His Soul” by Oscar Wilde

The Analysis of an Extract of “The Fisherman and His Soul” by Oscar Wilde “The Fisherman and His Soul” is a fairytale written by Oscar Wilde and published in 1888. Written in Biblical dictation it tells a story of a Fisherman who falls in love in a Mermaid, but he is given a choice: soul or his love. The Fisherman chooses the latter. As a proper fairytale, it joins two worlds together: real and fantasy world and conveys the massage of overpowering and ever-sacrificing love. Oscar Wilde shows...

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Plato’s 1st Argument for the Immortality of the Soul from Opposites and Theory of Reincarnation

Plato’s 1st argument for the Immortality of the Soul from opposites and Theory of Reincarnation Plato’s Phaedo is a dialog between Phaedo, Cebes and Simmias where Socrates gives some arguments for the immortality of the soul. In this work, Phaedo tells us about Socrates’ final days, who has been convicted to death. Great philosopher does not have a fear of death because he believes that when a man dies, the soul still exists even if the body perishes. Trying to prove his arguments...

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you were born / by Robert Schwartz. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 9780977679461 1. Spiritual healing. 2. Reincarnation therapy. 3. Pre-existence --Case studies. 4. Mind and body. 5. Spiritual life. 6. Life change events. 7. Soul. I. Title. RC489.R43 .S375 2012 616.89/14 --dc23  2011963331 A Note to Readers There are many people who truly cannot afford to buy books. My mission is to make the healing information in this book available to as many people as possible...

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Why Does Plato Think That the Soul Is Immortal? Is He Right? Discuss with Close Reference to Phaedo 102a-107b.

Why does Plato think that the soul is immortal? Is he right? Discuss with close reference to Phaedo 102a-107b. The Phaedo is Plato’s attempt to convince the reader of the immortality of the soul using four main arguments. These include the argument of affinity, recollection, Forms and the law of opposites. In the final passage of the Phaedo, (Grube, 2002:102a-107b), Plato provides his ‘Final Proof’, despite seeming like the most conclusive argument it is not necessarily the most convincing. Plato...

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Analysis of The Poem "The Cambridge Ladies Who Live In Furnished Souls"

The Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds ( also, with the church's protestant blessings daughters, un scented shapeless spirited) they believe in Christ and Longfellow, both dead are invariably interested in so many things_ at the present writing one still finds delighted fingers knitting for the is it Poles? Perhaps. While permanent faces coyly bandy scandal of Mrs. N and Professor D. ...the Cambridge ladies do not care, above Cambridge...

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Personal Identity - Memory Theory vs Body Theory vs Soul Theory

time, they share the exact same properties, making them the same, one thing (A = B). In this paper, I will argue that the Memory Theory of Personal Identity is the closest to the truth. I will do so by showing that the opposing theories – Body and Soul Theories – have evident flaws and that the arguments against the Memory Theory can be responded to adequately. In order to succeed in this task, I will explain the basis of the three aforementioned theories are, examine the Memory Theory’s main arguments...

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Aristotle V. Plato

Views on the Nature of the Soul Both Plato and Aristotle offered theories on the nature of the soul throughout their prolific careers. Though they both agree on the existence of a soul in living things, they diverge in perspective on its ultimate goals, how it exists in relation to the body, what actions benefit and harm it, and whether or not our souls survive our bodies in death. In this paper, I will argue that Plato’s arguments for his theory of the nature of the soul are rife with flaws and contradictions...

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On the Soul:Plato, Aristotle, Augustine

On the Soul ‘Psyche’ or the soul, is a intricate part of our being which many great thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle and Augustine aim to define and unravel. One should remain attentive to the fact that these great minds come to similar yet altered conclusions of the soul; for it is an intrinsic part of our being, aiding in our discovery and understanding of the world. Plato addresses in his novel, The Phaedo, the notion of soul and body being separate entities. Often, Plato depicts the...

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beings become covered by bonds because of their karma. In this captive state, the real shape of the soul gets covered. Thus liberation from this captive state or dismantling of the vestiges of karma results in Moksha. The soul attains Moksha through purification of the mind, that is, through Samyak Darshan (right view), Samyak Gyan (right knowledge) and Samyak Charitra (right character). The atman (soul) assumes its real shape in this state, that is, it achieves Ananta Gyan (eternal knowledge), Ananta...

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The rime of the ancient mariner, heaven or hell?

spirits. Death and life-in-death are figures that become frighteningly real for the sailors, especially when the Ancient Mariner, whose soul is won, “the game is done! I’ve won! I’ve won!” which is telling the reader that the souls has been won/taken from the Mariner which is representing Hell. This is also dooming him to a fate worse than death as the Mariner says “my soul is in agony” and “this heart within me burns” this is showing that the Mariner has continued to live but with constant pain in his...

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