The Soul

Richard Serjeantson

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199556137
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

The Soul

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This article looks at the vigorous questioning of the immortality of the soul during the early modern period. It offers an account of some significant aspects of the philosophy of the soul in the early modern period and of its transformation across that period. It proposes a thesis about the place of the soul in early modern conceptions of what it meant to be a human animal and traces the contribution of the early modern philosophy of the soul to the enlightened science of human nature.

Keywords: soul; early modern period; human animal; modern philosophy; human nature

Article.  11215 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind

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