One of the main points in Problems of Philosophy “Do We Survive Death” are Socrates and how he believes in an immortal soul. The second main point is providing some type of proof why Socrates belief was completely wrong. For the third point, I will also explain why someone might think they will or have experienced after life. My fourth point is reincarnation, which I found was a very important part in “Do We Survive Death”. Last but not least, the last point which I will be the argument relating to the belief in miracles and Humm’e.
I cannot say with any degree of certainty that we do not have an immortal soul – one can rarely be certain about anything of the sort either way. Our universe is beyond our current understanding and in fact could very well be capable of producing such a thing as a soul. I am open to the discovery of new knowledge, but I feel that, to be trusted, that knowledge must be well supported and be testable by producing consistent results. Similarly, although we may not have a physical explanation for consciousness yet, progress is being made in these investigations and there is still much work to do. In either case, I say just because there is no answer now does not mean there will never be.
In Chapter 13 of Concerning the Soul, Avicenna argues that, because the soul is incorruptible, it does not die with the death of the body. He then presents two arguments to support the conclusion that, upon death, the soul does not die. It is my intent to explain the general structure of the “absolutely incorruptible” argument that Avicenna gives for the immortality of the soul, and to give a critical assessment of that argument.
Only God is Immortal - Mankind is NOT Immortal. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Nov. 2013. .
Since the dawn of man, humans have always wanted to seek out the truth. Man has pondered and explored great thoughts and concepts that have caused much confusion. Perhaps the one question that has plagued man the most is what exactly is a soul. During the Roman Era, people believed in many gods, spirits, and life after death. As time progressed, different religious beliefs arose, and new sects of faith were established. The belief in one God replaced the belief in many gods and the belief of one's soul transforming into the after life was established. God was known as a Supreme Being, who gave his creations a soul and free will. But what does this mean? The problem of what exactly one's soul is has been a battle between people throughout time. Although this struggle caused people to abandon their beliefs, great authors like Augustine and Hildegard stuck to their visions and ideas in order to put faith back into our community.
It has been suggested the etymology of the word “soul” is derived from the formation of the Germanic base as sea. On the other hand, “soul” primarily comes from the old English word sáwl, and has about the same meaning as the word today (the principal of life in man or animal.) (OED, 2015) The first definition in the Oxford English Dictionary is “an essential principal or attribute of life, and related senses,” and the second definition is “the principal of intelligence, thought, or action in a person…” These two definitions help better exemplify Fuller’s and Emerson’s concept of the word “soul.” Both writers believe the soul is a consciousness of its own, it is the most revealing and imperative source of knowledge. In that sense, knowledge is the “attribute of life” animating us to live. For one to live, one must think knowledgeably to better
What is the soul? Our soul is our actual being and is what makes us really alive. Without our soul, we wouldn't be ourselves and wouldn't feel anything like emotions. Knowing this, this tells us we would just be walking around acting as if we were dead. As humans, we do not realize how much our soul can come into play even though it is not a physical thing we can touch or see.
Concerned with problems with identity, death and therefore the nature of life, my major work,
...y appropriate decision. To observe the soul itself by itself may involve the concept; that though we are intangible and immortal in essence, we can only be quantified physically. For we have no way of quantifying the soul, besides being life itself, and those qualities used to define life are quantified solely in a physical context, as that which gives an object the qualities that make it distinct from death and those objects that are inanimate such as; movement, reproduction, respiration, and growth. If an object contains life, that life can not be quantified only without containing those physical qualities.
“It is death that gives urgency to life. It drives us to discovery, to cross oceans and reach into the emptiness of space” says the Herald Tribune columnist Rich Brooks (Thompson). The thought of being immortal is extremely alluring. To live in an ageless body, have all the time in the world to basically do whatever is something that every person has thought of. Immortality has always been a myth, but with technology continuing to advance everyday with alarming speed, it might soon be possible. Scientist Ray Kurzweil and many others have even predicted that this goal could be reach in the next twenty years. However, if sometime in the future scientists do discover a way to enable humans to live forever, behind all of the sugar coating, they will discover that immortality is actually a curse.