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The Self in Transformation: Self, Soul, and Spirit

Robert C. Solomon

in Spirituality for the Skeptic

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195134674
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833733 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134672.003.0009
The Self in Transformation: Self, Soul, and Spirit

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The self or soul has always been one of the central concerns of both philosophy and religion, but self and soul have always been evasive. Descartes defines the modern dilemma of selfhood and raised “the mind–body problem,” but there are alternative perspectives on the self or soul that do not raise any such problem. The self or soul is ultimately social, and spirituality, in part, consists of embracing this larger sense of soul.

Keywords: Descartes; mind; mind–body problem; self; soul; spirituality

Chapter.  8865 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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