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Logic and the Immortality of the Human Soul
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Your Name Prof’s Name Course Code Date Logic and the Immortality of the Human Soul The fate of a person after death is obviously of the utmost importance to each and every individual who has lived – because each would also die, eventually. This probably explains why, even though there are very few givens, or a priori truths that can be used to argue the existence of an immortal soul logically, many philosophers have been tempted to creating arguments, both for and against such an entity existing.
Plato’s ideas of Forms is essentially an attempt to deal with the existence of abstract constructs that humans can observe, but seem themselves not to exist in the physical plane. The classic definition is of someone who possesses beauty – they can certainly be said to possess it, and people will acknowledge beauty’s existence. But where is beauty? You cannot find beauty in the physical realm, it is an abstract principle that still, nonetheless, can defitively be said to exist. Plato deals with this by creating a world of forms, which are non-physical yet can cast shadows on the physical world, and with each form representing a fundamental thing. This girl thus reflects the fundamental form of beauty, while she is beautiful, but would stop to when she becomes less so. The question then becomes how we observe these non-temporal forms. Plato’s idea is that we have a faculty to observe these forms, which (if one follows his logic) is self-evidently true because we do observe the forms. ...
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