From Neo-Platonism To Souls In Silico: Quests For Immortality

Edith Wyschogrod

in Rethinking Philosophy of Religion

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780823222063
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235605 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

From Neo-Platonism To Souls In               Silico: Quests For Immortality

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This chapter attempts to show that Neoplatonic configurations of soul arise transgressively in genetic transfiguration. It highlights some manifestations of the depersonalized subject and examines the accounts of soul in the Neoplatonist philosophies of Plotinus and Iamblichus to show that the gene-self of evolutionary biology evokes the Pythagorean soul of Neoplatonic speculation. It also describes the conceptual shift from the materiality of a visible and tangible body to the soul in silico.

Keywords: soul; Neoplatonism; genetic transfiguration; Plotinus; Iamblichus; evolutionary biology

Chapter.  7427 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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