The Origin of the Soul from Antiquity to the early Modern Period
Lugano : Agorà
Novae Insulae ; 2
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Leerstoel Geschiedenis van de filosofie
SubjectNovae Insulae; Center for History of Philosophy and Science (CHPS)
The origin of the soul became a systematic subject of speculation in Greek philosophy and medicine. In early Christian thought, three theories evolved: the soul was held to be either generated from the parents (traducianism) or it was believed to be formed by a special act of creation on God’s part (creationism), or else it’s origin was related to a former realm (pre-existence). These alternatives, in numerous guises and theoretical cross breedings, intrigued medieval and early modern philosophers, theologians and scientists until the eighteenth century. This introduction offers a summary reconstruction of relevant debates and issues, guiding the reader in doctrinal paths where medicine, philosophy and theology intermingle.
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