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Robert C. Solomon

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134674

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195134672.001.0001

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The Self in Transformation: Self, Soul, and Spirit

The Self in Transformation: Self, Soul, and Spirit

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Spirituality for the Skeptic

Robert C. Solomon

Oxford University Press

The self or soul has always been one of the central concerns of both philosophy and religion, but self and soul have always been evasive. Descartes defines the modern dilemma of selfhood and raised “the mind–body problem,” but there are alternative perspectives on the self or soul that do not raise any such problem. The self or soul is ultimately social, and spirituality, in part, consists of embracing this larger sense of soul.

Keywords:   Descartes, mind, mind–body problem, self, soul, spirituality

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