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1. Myth and logos of the soul

It has never been easy to arrive at intellectually acceptable information regarding the nature of the human soul (Greek psychḗ, Latin anima), not even before its existence was called into question. From the time of the Pythagoreans to the Enlightenment of the 18th century, there was a determination to prove its immortality, and to this end t…

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Holzhey, Helmut, “Soul”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027341>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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