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Soul, transmigration of
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Transmigration of the human soul means its reincarnation (metempsychosis) as a person or other living being [8]. The ancient traditions (of Pythagoreanism, Platonism, and especially Neoplatonism) mostly died out in late antiquity, as pagan intellectuals (e.g. the Neoplatonists of the 6th century) rejected the concept of transmigration, which was in any case irreconcilable with Christian theology. The medieval Cathars’ ideas on the soul remained essentially without consequence.

Early modern concepts of transmigration came mainly from three sources:

(1) Transmigration …

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Zander, Helmut, “Soul, transmigration of”, 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 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_027348>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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