Mind-Body Philosophy: Part 5—History of the Soul

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By Frank Simons

What happened to the soul? Why are problems of mind and body still with us, both philosophically and scientifically, while contemporary scientists and philosophers have nothing to say about souls? The Meditation Center will present part five of the 24-part Great Courses series, Mind-Body Philosophy, at 5:30pm on Thursday, February 8, at the Center, in order to try and answer some of these questions.

The Greek term we translate as “soul” is psyche, a concept that changed radically from Homer, 700 BC to Plato, 350 BC. In the Phaedo, Plato’s Socrates speaks of the immortality of the soul, more familiar to a modern Western mind than Homer’s concept of “breath.” But when Jewish scholars translated the first five books of the Bible from Hebrew to Greek, they used the closest Greek term they could find for nephesh, psyche. It is in the New Testament psyche, rather than in the Old Testament nephesh, where we start to see the familiar elements of the modern soul. It was in this joining of Greek philosophy and Judeo-Christian tradition that the soul in the contemporary sense came into being.

The lecture is presented by Professor Patrick Grim, who as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook has provided his students with invaluable insights into issues of philosophy, artificial intelligence, theoretical biology, and other fields. Professor Grim was awarded the university’s Presidential and Chancellor’s awards for teaching excellence and was elected to the Academy of Teachers and Scholars.

There will be an opportunity for discussion following the video.


Video Presentation

Mind-Body Philosophy: Part 5—History of the Soul

By Frank Simons

Thu, Feb 8, 5:30pm

Meditation Center

Callejón Blanco 4

Free, donations accepted

044 415 156 1950



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