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When souls had wings : pre-mortal existence in Western thought

Author: Terryl Givens
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The notion that we spring into existence ex nihilo at birth strikes many people as counter-intuitive. By contrast, the idea that we have an eternal identity appeals to some deep intuition about the self. And indeed, belief in the soul's pre-mortal existence has a long history in Western thought.
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Genre/Form: Llibres electrònics
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Terryl Givens
OCLC Number: 804895267
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Ancient Near Eastern traditions --
Classical variants --
Philo to Christian beginnings --
Neo-Platonism and the church fathers --
Augustine and the formation of orthodoxy --
Middle Ages to the Renaissance --
Cambridge Platonists and the Miltonic heritage --
The Cartesian aftermath --
Philosophy and theology 1800-1900 --
Romanticism and transcendentalism 1800-1900 --
Preexistence in the modern age --
Parallel paradigms.
Responsibility: Terryl L. Givens.

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The notion that we spring into existence ex nihilo at birth strikes many people as counter-intuitive. By contrast, the idea that we have an eternal identity appeals to some deep intuition about the self. And indeed, belief in the soul's pre-mortal existence has a long history in Western thought.

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a rich, eloquent and informative monograph about the idea of the pre-existence of the soul in occidental thought. This is an important and instructive book about a very important idea, one that is Read more...

 
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