The soul of the greeks: an inquiry

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The understanding of the soul in the West has been profoundly shaped by Christianity, and its influence can be seen in certain assumptions often made about the soul: that, for example, if it does exis...
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The understanding of the soul in the West has been profoundly shaped by Christianity, and its influence can be seen in certain assumptions often made about the soul: that, for example, if it does exist, it is separable from the body, free, immortal, and potentially pure. The ancient Greeks, however, conceived of the soul quite differently. In this ambitious new work, Michael Davis analyzes works by Homer, Herodotus, Euripides, Plato, and Aristotle to reveal how the ancient Greeks portrayed and understood what he calls the fully human soul. Beginning with Homers Iliad, Davis lays out the tension within the soul of Achilles between immortality and life. He then turns to Aristotles De Anima and Nicomachean Ethics to explore the consequences of the problem of Achilles across the whole range of the souls activity. Moving to Herodotus and Euripides, Davis considers the formers portrayal of the two extremes of culture - one rooted in stability and tradition, the other in freedom and motion - and explores how they mark the limits of character formation.
Uitgever University of Chicago Press
ISBN/EAN 9780226137964
Auteur Davis, m.
Vakken Filosofie

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