The Rise and Fall of Soul and Self: An Intellectual History - download pdf or read online

By Raymond Martin,John Barresi

ISBN-10: 0231137443

ISBN-13: 9780231137447

ISBN-10: 0231137451

ISBN-13: 9780231137454

This e-book strains the improvement of theories of the self and private identification from the traditional Greeks to the current day. From Plato and Aristotle to Freud and Foucault, Raymond Martin and John Barresi discover the works of quite a lot of thinkers and show the bigger highbrow traits, controversies, and ideas that experience revolutionized the best way we predict approximately ourselves.

The authors open with historical Greece, the place the information of Plato, Aristotle, and the materialistic atomists laid the basis for destiny theories. They then talk about the tips of the church fathers and medieval and Renaissance philosophers, together with St. Paul, Philo, Augustine, Aquinas, and Montaigne. of their insurance of the emergence of a brand new mechanistic perception of nature within the 17th century, Martin and Barresi observe a shift clear of non secular and basically philosophical notions of self and private identification to extra clinical and social conceptions, a pattern that has persisted to the current day. They discover sleek philosophy and psychology, together with the origins of other traditions inside of each one self-discipline, and clarify either the theoretical relevance of feminism and gender and ethnic stories and likewise the ways in which Derrida and different contemporary thinkers have challenged the very concept that a unified self or own id even exists.

Martin and Barresi conceal a few concerns broached via philosophers and psychologists, comparable to the life of a hard and fast and unchanging self and no matter if the concept that of the soul has a use open air of non secular contexts. They deal with the query of even if notions of the soul and the self are nonetheless possible in latest global. jointly, they display the attention-grabbing ways that nice thinkers have grappled with those and different questions and the magnificent effect their principles have had at the improvement of self-understanding within the west.

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