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When Souls Had WingsPre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought$
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Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.001.0001

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Classical Varieties

Classical Varieties

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(p.21) 2 Classical Varieties
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When Souls Had Wings
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.003.0003

Preexistence is associated with both Pythagoras and Orpheus, however. Plato is the most important classical source for ideas about pre-existence, writing about it in Phaedo, Meno, Phaedrus, Republic, and Timaeus. Symposium also presents a version of soul-mate love as have premortal bases. Preexistence supports Plato's particular epistemology as well as a version of theodicy and his understanding of erotic desire. Plato also links preexistence to theosis, a connection that will contribute to the paradigms eventual demise.

Keywords:   Orpheus, Plato, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Pythagoras, Meno, soul mate, Symposium, Timaeus

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