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The Quest For Immortality

- I believe that literal and spiritual immortality are impossible but genetic, memorial, and historical are achievable. In my opinion, literal immortality is impossible from a medical view. This could never happen because the body’s’ organs and muscles would wear out and stop working, for example the heart is a muscle and would eventually stop working over time. Eventually the lubrication in the joints would dry out and moving would be unbearably painful. In addition, the skin would lose elasticity....   [tags: Immortality Essays]

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Plato Is Contemplating The Immortality Of The Soul

- In the excerpt read, Plato is contemplating the immortality of the soul, and how Socrates assured his student of soul remaining after his body dies. The dialogue occurs on the day that Socrates was to be put to death in Athens, and is occurring in the prison just prior to execution by Hemlock poisoning.   The Cyclical Argument Plato is writing the dialogue of a conversation being had prior to Socrates’ execution, and part of that argument is focused on how the soul is surely immortal. Socrates uses examples of opposites, and how one exists because of another, yet will not accept the other....   [tags: Life, Soul, Immortality, Existence]

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Personal Explanation Of Personal Immortality

- Personal immortality seems to be a paradox that many people address and distinguish in different ways. Through outlets such as religion, science, or personal belief this topic is often argued and habitually facilitates strong arguments. Weirob and Miller explicitly explain their dualist/physicalist outlooks on personal immortality as they have a conversation at the hospital where Weirob slowly succumbs to her injuries received in a motorcycle accident. As Weirob patiently awaits death, Miller explains how due to Weirobs realist view on life he will not try to “comfort [her] with the prospect of life after death” (Perry, pg....   [tags: Soul, Mind, Immortality, Afterlife]

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Gilgamesh 's Quest For Immortality

- The Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest surviving epic in history, reflected life as it was during the early Bronze Age. Many of the themes that the epic reveals are still valuable today in what it can teach us about how society was in the past. More importantly, Gilgamesh’s story teaches the reader how the lessons of his experience are significant to future generations. Such as, views on life and death and the search for knowledge and immortality. The search for immortality has plagued the minds of men and women for millenniums....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, Immortality, Life, Sumer]

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Ode : Intimations Of Immortality From Recollections Of Early Childhood

- In this lyrical poem “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood,” Williams Wordsworth expresses how a child’s view on nature changes and becomes distorted the older the child gets. Wordsworth struggles with comprehending why humanity doesn’t appreciate or perceive nature in all of its glory. Why is it that as time passes, the less we value nature in a spiritual way. “There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream/ The earth, and every common sight/ To me did seem/ Apparelled in celestial light,/ The glory and the freshness of a dream./ It is not now as it hath been of yore;--/ Turn wheresoe’er I may,/ By night or day,/ The things which I have seen I now can see...   [tags: Mind, Soul, Earth, Immortality]

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Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations of Immortality

- Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations of Immortality The fifth stanza of Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” is especially interesting to me because of the images it presents. It is at this point in the poem that Wordsworth resumes his writing after a two-year hiatus. In the fourth stanza, he poses the question, “Whither is fled the visionary gleam?” Stanza five is the beginning of his own answers to that question. Contrary to popular enlightenment ideas, Wordsworth suggests that rather than become more knowledgeable with age, man if fact is born with “vision splendid” and as he ages, that vision “dies away” and he left empty....   [tags: Wordsworth Ode immortality intimations Essays]

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The Immortality Of The Soul

- Human beings are comprised of two separate entities, a body and a soul. The soul is immortal and cycles in nature and lives an infinite number of bodies. This paper will explore the immortality of the soul as discussed by Socrates in The Apology, Crito and Phaedo and significance of being a philosopher. The Apology is regarding Socrates defense of himself at the time of his trial. Socrates, a wise philosopher is brought in the courtroom and the Athenian jury convicts him on corrupting the youth of Athens and not believing in God....   [tags: Plato, Socrates, Soul, Life]

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The Belief of Immortality

- There were no real evidence on the existence of an everlasting life. Humans have never went to this extent because of aging and diseases that cause death. The reason why people are desperately aiming for an eternal is fear of the death, more especially the unknown of what comes next. That fear triggers many to believe there must be an upcoming of events right after death. However, this suggests that there is no evidence of immortality, but it is a set of belief created by mankind to reassure death, and many philosophers such as David Hume disapproved it....   [tags: Research, Origin, Death Fear]

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Immortality in Literature

- For centuries people have desired to transcend the limits of a temporary life, yearning for the ultimately unattainable goal of immortality. Poets have expressed in certain poems the desire to remain as they are with their beloved despite time and death. Although William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 55” and Edmund Spenser’s “Sonnet 75” both present immortality through verse, only Spenser combines this wish for immortality with love and companionship, while Shakespeare promises himself immortality as long as the sonnet continues to be read....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Epic Of Gilgamesh : The Quest For Immortality

- The search for immortality seems to be an obsession for many men and women all throughout history. In the Epic of Gilgamesh a man investigates the possibility of immortality following the saddening death of his friend, his brother Enkidu. That man, Gilgamesh, feeling the fear of the possibility of his own mortality which was before unrealized before the death of Enkidu, searches for a way to preserve himself. Is it truly that Gilgamesh searches for a physical immortality or more of a spiritual immortality....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, Mesopotamia, Ishtar, Life]

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The Search for Immortality in the Epic of Gilgamesh

- The fear of death and the search for eternal life is a cultural universal. The ideology surrounding immortality transcends time and a plethora of cultures. The theme, immortality appears in stories from the Epic of Gilgamesh, which was composed by ancient Sumerians roughly around 600 B.C., to present day works of fiction in the twenty first century. Gilgamesh, a figure of celestial stature, allows his mortal side to whittle away his power after the death of Enkidu. Undeniably, defenseless before the validity of his own end, he leaves Uruk and begins a quest for Utnapishtim; the mortal man who withstood the great deluge and was granted immortality by the gods (Freeman 36)....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh Essays]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Immortality Of The Natural '

- Andrew Kappel argues in his essay, “The Immortality of the Natural: Keats’ ‘Ode to a Nightingale’”, that the basis of the nightingale’s immortality in John Keats’s, “Ode to a Nightingale” is its naturalness meaning that, the nightingale escapes death because it exists among nature. The bird is referred to as being immortal throughout the poem including in line 61, “Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!”. Kappel does have evidence to support his claim such as, Keats’s use of keeping the bird in a constant natural setting saying, “As it withdraws it moves from one natural setting to another, never ventures outside nature and seems, indeed to retreat ever more deeply into the natural wor...   [tags: Poetry, Nature, Natural World, Meaning of life]

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A Brief Glimpse Of Immortality

- A Brief Glimpse of Immortality For my final project I chose to compare two works of art from ancient Mesopotamia. A visual work of art and a literary one. The visual work of art I chose was the Statuettes of Worshipers which were created around 2900 to 2350 BCE at the Square Temple at Eshnunna, a city in ancient Mesopotamia. The literary artwork I have chosen is the Epic of Gilgamesh written roughly around 2800 BCE by author or authors unknown. It was set in Uruk, another city in ancient Mesopotamia....   [tags: Mesopotamia, Epic of Gilgamesh, Art, Sumer]

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Immortality

- “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....   [tags: Scientific Research ]

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Mortality and Immortality in Ode to a Nightingale

- When talking about poetry and Romanticism, one of the most common names that come to mind is John Keats. Keats’ lifestyle was somewhat different from his contemporaries and did not fit the Romantic era framework, this is most likely the reason he stood out from the rest. Keats wrote many poems that are still relevant, amongst them Ode to a Nightingale, which was published for the very first time in July, 1819. The realistic depth and lyrical beauty that resonates in Ode to a Nightingale is astounding....   [tags: romantic poet, romantic era, john keats]

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Gilgamesh 's Quest For Immortality

- In, Gilgamesh, the quest for immortality is important in order for Gilgamesh to cheat death, after his one and only best friend’s quick fatal fall to illness. Gilgamesh being two-thirds God and one-third human has many great obstacles to overcome, especially with the Gods. The search for immortality and overall self may be a great accomplishment for Gilgamesh to overcome. We face many quest today in order to obtain certain intangible objects such as love, friendship, and curiosity. However, there are quest for the tangible objects in life like looking for the perfect book, trying to find your car keys, or playing hide and seek....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, Enkidu, Humbaba, Ishtar]

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The 's Final Arguments For Immortality

- In this paper I will argue that forms are important for the immortality arguments. In this case I will show that there is a forms and it plays a vital role in Phaedo 's final arguments for immortality therefore forms are important. PART I: Explanation of forms in Phaedo 's final arguments for immortality Phaedo is one of Plato’s classical dialogues which takes place between Socrates and his friends in the prison on his last day of life in 399 B.C. Phaedo is a conversation which mainly focuses on afterlife and soul or rather immortality of the soul....   [tags: Soul, Life, Phaedo, Plato]

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Theme of Immortality in Literature

- For centuries people have desired to transcend the limits of a temporary life, yearning for the ultimately unattainable goal of immortality. Poets have also expressed in their works the desire to remain as they are with their beloved despite time and death. Although William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 55” and Edmund Spenser’s “Sonnet 75” from Amoretti both offer immortality through verse, only Spenser combines this immortality with respect and partnership, while Shakespeare promises himself immortality as long as the sonnet continues to be read....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Evolution, Immortality, and Humanity

- Our ancient ancestors in the Neolithic Era only lived for an average of 20 years, an age now considered to be only the beginning of adulthood. As human technology becomes more sophisticated and knowledge of the ourselves and of nature expands, humans develop longer lifespans and the general quality of life improves. In fact, we have more than tripled the lifespan of our ancestors while retaining much of the same biological fitness. Humans have withdrawn from natural selection because technologies (not the evolution of the body) allow humans to adapt to the ever-changing natural world....   [tags: Genomics, Genome]

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Hume, Descartes, and Nietzsche's Views on Immortality

- Immortality is one of mankind’s major apprehensions, and even though it has been mainly restricted to religious customs. People have different opinions about immortality. Everybody defines immortality differently. For some people it is the survival of the astral body resembling the physical body, for others the immortality of the immaterial soul and lastly the resurrection of the body. Basic definition of immortality is the unknown continuation of a person’s existence, even after death. Immortality primarily referred to soul as it like it does not die when the human body dies, but since they both well connected together, when the body dies, soul dies too; therefore, immortality does not exis...   [tags: afterlife, moral, soul]

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Socrates 's Argument For Immortality Of The Soul

- In Plato’s dialogue, the Phaedo, Socrates gives an account of the immortality of the soul. Socrates does this through a series of arguments. He argues that the soul will continue to exist, and that it will go on to a better place. The argument begins on the day of his execution with the question of whether it is good or bad to die. In other words, he is arguing that the soul is immortal and indestructible. This argument is contrary to Cebes and Simmias who argue that even the soul is long lasting, it is not immortal and it is destroyed when the body dies....   [tags: Soul, Life, Death, Plato]

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Socrates Arguments For The Soul 's Immortality

- In the book Plato 's Phaedo, Socrates argues that the soul will continue to exist, and that it will go on to a better place. The argument begins on the day of Socrates execution with the question of whether it is good or bad to die. In other words, he is arguing that the soul is immortal and indestructible. This argument is contrary to Cebes and Simmias beliefs who argue that even the soul is long lasting, it is not immortal and it is destroyed when the body dies. This paper is going to focus on Socrates four arguments for the soul 's immortality....   [tags: Soul, Life, Plato, Mind]

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Infamy vs. Immortality: Beowulf and Gilgamesh

- Immortality, monstrosity, infamy, catastrophe, might, and courage are all aspects of the epic legends of Beowulf and Gilgamesh. Though they subsisted in two utterly different historical eras, these epic heroes have numerous similarities and differences. For example, while they were booth deemed epic heroes, their mortalities were not equal. Beowulf had superhuman qualities such as having the strength of thirty men, but was born a mortal man. On the contrary, Gilgamesh was a demigod as he was born two-thirds god and one-third human by Ninsun, the goddess of dreams and cows....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]

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Homer and Immortality

- Homer and Immortality Immortality is one the subject of much mythology and folklore. From the stories of the gods themselves, to Achilles and the Styx, to vampires and present day Christian beliefs in an afterlife, the concept of immortality has been with humanity since the beginning of humanity. The wise and ever edifying Homer leaves myths of the elusive ever-lasting life out of his works; did Homer's Achilles not wear armor. The Odyssey is a story of mortality. Limitation and suffering are what define humanity, yet they are also what give life merit....   [tags: Papers]

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The Immortality Pill

- Originally when I was posed this question my immediate response was to return the Immortality pill (IP). The reason I initially responded this way, and still remain set on my belief had plenty to do with the factors involved. First, if I were to take the Immortality pill I would already know my horrific demise, such as an accident, war victim, or suicide. Secondly, just as suicide effects not only the person committing the act, but more so the family and friends in that individuals life, yet the same concept is present when making the decision to take this pill....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Ozymandias and Immortality

- Ozymandias and Immortality Ozymandias expresses to us that possessions do not mean immortality. Percy Shelley uses lots of imagery and irony to get his point across throughout the poem. In drawing these vivid and ironic pictures in our minds, Shelley explains that no one lives forever, and neither do their possessions. Shelley expresses this poem’s moral through a vivid and ironic picture: “On the pedestal of the statue, there are these words, ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’”(10-11)....   [tags: Papers]

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The Allure of Vampires and Immortality

- The Allure of Vampires and Immortality Humanity has always been fascinated with the allure of immortality and although in the beginning vampires were not a symbol of this, as time passed and society changed so did the ideas and perceptions surrounding them. The most important thing to ask yourself at this point is 'What is immortality?' Unfortunately this isn't as easily answered as asked. The Merriam Webster Dictionary says immortality is 'the quality or state of being immortal; esp : unending existence' while The World Book Encyclopedia states it as 'the continued and eternal life of a human being after the death of the body.' A more humorous definition can be found in Th...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]

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Death and Immortality in The Epic of Gilgamesh

- Death and Immortality in The Epic of Gilgamesh The search for immortality has been a major concern for many men and women all throughout history. True love and immortality in life would be a dream come true to many. To spend time with a special someone, the person one feels closest to, and never have to say good-bye would greatly appeal to most people. But when death steps into the picture, even with all the pain and devastation, one starts to re-evaluate themselves. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh explores the possibility of immortality following the saddening death of his friend and brother, Enkidu....   [tags: The Epic of Gilgamesh]

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Gilgamesh and the Quest for Immortality

- Gilgamesh and the Quest for Immortality   The stories of the hunt for immortality gathered in the Epic of Gilgamesh depict the conflict felt in ancient Sumer. As urbanization swept Mesopotamia, the social status shifted from a nomadic hunting society to that of a static agricultural gathering society. In the midst of this ancient "renaissance", man found his relationship with the sacred uncertain and precarious. The Epic portrays the strife created between ontological nostalgia for a simpler time and the dawn of civilization breaking in the Near East....   [tags: Epic Gilgamesh essays]

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Immortality and Myth in The Age of Innocence

- Immortality and Myth in The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton’s books are considered, by some, merely popular fiction of her time. But we must be careful not to equate popularity with the value of the fiction; i.e., we must not assume that if her books are popular, they are also primitive. Compared to the works of her contemporary and friend, Henry James, whose books may seem complex and sometimes bewildering; Wharton’s The Age of Innocence appears to be a simplistic, gossipy commentary of New York society during the last decade of the 19th century*....   [tags: essays papers]

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Kierkegaard and P.M. Moller on Immortality

- Kierkegaard and P.M. Moller on Immortality P.M. Moller and His Relation to S.A. Kierkegaard Although virtually unknown today outside of Danish philosophical circles, Moller (1794-1838) was, during his lifetime, esteemed as one of Denmark’s most loved poets, and beginning in 1831 he held the position of professor of philosophy at the University of Denmark. While at the university Moller taught Moral and Greek Philosophy, and his early philosophical position has been regarded as Hegelian. Kierkegaard began his university studies in 1830, and the young professor made a deep impression upon him....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Search for Immortality Depicted in The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey

- Through the many of mankind’s tales of adventure the search for immortality is a very common theme. Many heroes have made it the objective of their travels and adventures. This is no different in The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey. The heroes in both are tempted by the offer of immortality, however each of them turns it down for their own reasons. In The Odyssey, Odysseus rejects the offer of immortality from the goddess Calypso long after he discovers the true nature of the afterlife after travelling to Hades....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey]

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Man at the Brink of Immortality

- Man at the Brink of Immortality From the earliest civilizations arose an innate desire to survive in any given environment. Those that chose to fight death’s henchmen, famine and war, developed more advanced agricultural techniques and created complex social structures. The primal instinct to exist drove humanity to proliferate across the world, as many populations boomed, seemingly without bound. Throughout history, this fervent yearning for life was shared by the predominant masses, but the inevitable befell every person on earth....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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Search for Immortality in the Epic of Gilgamesh

- The Search for Immortality In The Epic of Gilgamesh the main character, Gilgamesh, is searching for immortality. This want is brought about by deep feelings held by Gilgamesh for his dead friend Enkidu. From this, Gilgamesh finds himself being scared of dying. This fear pushes Gilgamesh to search for the power of immortal life, which is believed to be held only by women because of the fact that they can reproduce. This takes him on a long and tiresome journey to a land where no mortal has gone before....   [tags: Epic Gilgamesh essays]

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Immortality and Symbolism in John Keat's Nightingale Ode

- The nightingale and the discussion about it are not simply about a bird or a song but about human experience in general. Nightingale is not an eternal entity. There are many images of death within the poem. The images are particular and sensuous, but not highly visual. Nightingale experiences a sort of death but actually it is not a real death nightingale is mysterious and even disappears at the end of the poem but nightingale itself is symbol of continuity or immortality and is universal and undying in contrast with the morality of human beings....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, Poem Analysis]

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The Immortality and Blindness to a Dark Continent

- The Immortality and Blindness to a Dark Continent Joseph Conrad’s s novel “Heart of Darkness” portrays an image of Africa that is dark and inhuman. Not only does he describe the actual, physical continent of Africa as “so hopeless and so dark, so impenetrable to human thought, so pitiless to human weakness”, (Conrad 2180) as though the continent could neither breed nor support any true human life. Conrad lived through a time when European colonies were scattered all over the world. This phenomenon and the doctrine of colonialism bought into at his time obviously influenced his views at the time of “Heart of Darkness” publication....   [tags: Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad Analysis]

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Immortality And Mortality In The Economic Sciences

- <a href="http://www.geocities.com/vaksam/">Sam Vaknin's Psychology, Philosophy, Economics and Foreign Affairs Web Sites Roberto Calvo Macias, a young author and thinker from Spain, once wrote to me that it is impossible to design a coherent philosophy of Economy without accounting for the (sad?) fact that we are mortals. This insight is intriguing. It is not that we refrain from Death in dealing with matters economic. What are estate laws, annuities, life insurance policies - but ways to cope with the Great Harvester....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Reaction Paper On Immortality On Ice

- Reaction Paper On Immortality On Ice The movie that we watched was about reviving a person from the dead. This is said to be done in the future but they had already started researching how to use ice as a power to revive a clinically dead person. They used ice as a method to preserve a body and now they are planning on how to revive a person through the use of nanotechnology that can repair all the cells that were ruptured n the freezing process....   [tags: Movie Film Reaction]

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Immortality And Resurrection: The Dichotomy Between Thought and Physicality.

- In religion the concept of life after death is discussed in great detail. In monotheistic religions, in particular the Christian theology, death is a place where the soul, the eternal spirit that is part of you, transcends or descends to depending on if you go to heaven or hell. The argument calls for a form of immortality of the soul and a lack of immortality of the body—the soul lives forever, the body perishes. John Hick in his excerpt from “Immortality and Resurrection” refutes the ideology that the spirit and body are dichotomous, one being everlasting and the other limited....   [tags: Spirituality]

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A Mortals Sense Of Immortality

- A Mortal&#8217;s Sense of Immortality To fear death is to fear life itself. An overbearing concern for the end of life not only leads to much apprehension of the final moment but also allows that fear to occupy one&#8217;s whole life. The only answer that can possibly provide relief in the shadow of the awaited final absolution lies in another kind of absolution, one that brings a person to terms with their irrevocable mortality and squelches any futile desire for immortality. Myths are often the vehicles of this release, helping humanity to accept and handle their mortal and limited state....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Courage, Virtue, and the Immortality of the Soul: According to Socrates

- In the Laches and the Phaedo, courage and virtue are discussed in depth. Also, arguments for the possibility of the existence of the immorality of the soul are given in the Phaedo. In the Laches, Socrates and two generals, Nicias and Laches, wrestle with how exactly to define courage. After discussing and working their way through two definitions of courage, Nicias proposes a third definition of courage. However, this definition of courage that he proposes is actually the definition of virtue. When the dialogue comes to an end, no definition of courage has been reached....   [tags: Philosophy ]

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Above Tintern Abbey and Intimations of Immortality by William Wordsworth

- The poems, “Above Tintern Abbey” and “Intimations of Immortality written by the poet, William Wordsworth, pertain to a common theme of natural beauty. Relaying his history and inspirations within his works, Wordsworth reflects these events in each poem. The recurring theme of natural beauty is analogous to his experiences and travels. Wordsworth recognizes the connections nature enables humans to construct. The beauty of a “wild secluded scene” (Wordsworth, 1798, line 6) allows the mind to bypass clouded and obscured thinking accompanied with man made environments....   [tags: poetry, natural beauty]

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Themes of Death and Immortality in Emily Dickinson's Poetry

- Throughout Emily Dickinson’s poetry there is a reoccurring theme of death and immortality. The theme of death is further separated into two major categories including the curiosity Dickinson held of the process of dying and the feelings accompanied with it and the reaction to the death of a loved one. Two of Dickinson’s many poems that contain a theme of death include: “Because I Could Not Stop For Death,” and “After great pain, a formal feeling comes.” In Dickinson’s poem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” Dickinson portrays what it is like to go through the process of dying....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Egyptian Religion and Immortality

- The most noticing aspect of Egyptian religion is its obsession with immortality and the belief of life after death. This sculpture can show you this on how mummification gave upbringing to complex arts in ancient Egypt. The sculpture is the Mummy Case of Paankhenamun. The artwork is currently viewed at The Art Institute of Chicago. The sculpture was from the third period, Dynasty 22, in ancient Egypt. However, the sculpture has many features to it that makes it so unique in ancient Egypt from any other time....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Free Essays - Immortality and the Epic of Gilgamesh

- Immortality and the Epic of Gilgamesh Immortality - (a) the quality or state of being immortal. (b) never ending existence. Although that is the Webster definition of immortality, what is never-ending existence. That question has a different answer for everyone. Some people believe that never-ending existence happens by never physically dying, and others believe that immortality can be obtained through your children. I personally feel that your children cannot give you immortality nowadays because of all the influences outside of the home....   [tags: Epic Gilgamesh essays]

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Discussion of D.Z. Phillips Conception of Immortality

- Discussion of D.Z. Phillips Conception of Immortality In his book 'Death and Immortality', D Z Phillips starts by asking the question: does belief in immortality rest on a mistake. The first two chapters are negative in the sense that they examine traditional philosophical, as well as common sense, conceptions of what immortality means. Phillips argues that philosophical analyses centred on the notion of immortality have generally been constructed around certain essential presuppositions: presuppositions that assume some form of continuation of personal identity after death....   [tags: Papers]

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Ode Intimations of Immortality by William Wordsworth

- Ode Intimations of Immortality by William Wordsworth In Ode: Intimations of Immortality, William Wordsworth explores the moral development of man and the irreconcilable conflicts between innocence and experience, and youthfulness and maturity that develop. As the youth matures he moves farther away from the divinity of God and begins to be corruption by mankind. What Wordsworth wishes for is a return to his childhood innocence but with his new maturity and insight. This would allow him to experience divinity in its fullest sense: he would re-experience the celestial radiance of childhood as well as the reality of his present existence....   [tags: Papers]

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Immortality Discovered: New Scientific History of Mankind or Simply Challenging God?

- Humankind’s long desire to live an eternal life has been accomplished. After thirty years of denying their research on immortality, Japan’s National Institute of Genetics (NIG) surprised the world by announcing that they have found a way to implement immortality in humans. However, they have also announced that those who ‘deserve’ immortality will only be considered as possible subjects and immortality will not be an option for everyone. Humane societies all around the world are raged about NIG’s discovery on immortality and criticizes not only on the discovery, but also their attempt to mimic God....   [tags: religious beliefs]

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The Nightingale As A Symbol Of Perfection, Immortality, And Freedom From The World 's Life

- Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats is one of the most notable poems throughout the history of English literature. In this lyrical poem, Keats addresses the themes of beauty and perpetuity through the characteristics the nightingale. The poet then describes the nightingale as a symbol of perfection, immortality, and freedom from the world’s secular activities. Keats wrote this piece at a time when he found himself stuck at the intersection between the two worlds of reality and fantasy. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis, found out that his brother died, and recently became engaged to Fanny Brawne....   [tags: Poetry, Sonnet, Stanza, Rhyme]

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The Immortality of the Soul

- Plato has roused many readers with the work of a great philosopher by the name of Socrates. Through Plato, Socrates lived on generations after his time. A topic of Socrates that many will continue to discuss is the idea of “an immortal soul”. Although there are various works and dialogues about this topic it is found to be best explained in The Phaedo. It is fair to say that the mind may wonder when one dies what exactly happens to the beloved soul, the giver of life often thought of as the very essence of life does it live on beyond the body, or does it die with it....   [tags: Philosophy ]

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Epic of Gilgamesh Essay - Desperate Search for Immortality

- Desperate Search for Immortality in the Epic of Gilgamesh The search for immortality seems to be an obsession for many men and women all throughout history. In the Epic of Gilgamesh a man investigates the possibility of immortality following the saddening death of his friend, his brother Enkidu. That man, Gilgamesh, feeling the fear of the possibility of his own mortality which was before unrealized before the death of Enkidu, searches for a way to preserve himself.             Is it truly that Gilgamesh searches for a physical immortality or more of a spiritual immortality....   [tags: Epic Gilgamesh essays]

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The Search for Immortality in On the Beach at Night and Sunday Morning

- The Search for Immortality in On the Beach at Night and Sunday Morning The search for immortality is not an uncommon one in literature. Many authors and poets find contentment within the ideals of faith and divinity; others, such as Whitman and Stevens, achieve satisfaction with the concept of the immortality of mortality. This understanding of the cycle of death and rebirth dominates both Walt Whitman's "On the Beach at Night" and Wallace Stevens' "Sunday Morning" and demonstrates the poets' philosophies of worldly immortality....   [tags: Papers]

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Immortality in the Soul

- Humanity is in a constant process to better themselves, as a result of their self-transcending nature. The purpose of this process is to achieve an immortal soul. In order for this to occur, according to Plato, the individual must first be engaged in his Theory of Education: beginning with the Allegory of the Cave, followed by the Metaphor of the Divided Line, and then completing with the Theory of Forms. To be fully immerse in this process, an understanding of Plato's Allegory of the Cave is necessary....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Life after Death, Reincarnation, Resurrection and Immortality of the Soul

- Life after Death, Reincarnation, Resurrection and Immortality of the Soul Belief in life after death has taken many forms, some which are unique in particular religious belief systems, though; others can be found in more than one religion. 'For most religions, life after death is an article of faith. In Western religions, the belief is founded in scriptural evidence, but for all religions the belief in life after death is the same: life after death has been promised to humans by an all powerful'[1] There are many views of life after death in particular which have been much adhered to and much discussed by philosophers....   [tags: Papers]

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Human Cloning Can Make Immortality a Reality

- Congress, the president, foreign countries, political activists, companies, consumers, churches, ethicists, doctors, patients, and even scientists have entered the fervent debate on cloning. The March edition of the Life Extension Foundation’s (LEF) magazine vocally calls for American citizens to write to their Senators and stop an anti-cloning bill from passage through both Houses (See Figure 1.) While the public argues over short-term questions – such as what is the definition of cloning, at what point does life begin, and is cloning bad – we must examine the hidden future potential and consequences of therapeutic cloning....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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Immortality in "The Great Gatsby"

- People say that "money makes the world go around." It may, but in the novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald money is what causes greed and death. The novel is filled with multiple themes but one predominate theme that the author focuses on is immorality. The novel was written in the1920s which was a time that drew away from social and moral values and yearned for its greed and empty pursuit of pleasure. Gatsby, gains his wealth through bootlegging only because he wants to show Daisy his wealth....   [tags: American Literature]

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Emily Dickinson 's Because I Could Not Stop For Death

- Through her use of symbolism, Emily Dickinson is able to establish themes within her poem, “Because I could not stop for Death.” She establishes a theme of death and intertwines it seamlessly with a theme of immortality. We are taken on a journey with the speaker that takes us through all of the stages of life, of death, and what lies beyond. The first symbol we encounter in this poem is Death himself. Upon their meeting, the speaker approaches Death as though he is a courter she is meeting. She speaks of him as being “kindly.” This Death is not the grim reaper in a black cloak holding a scythe that we have seen in images in our past, but a gentleman....   [tags: Death, Afterlife, Life, Immortality]

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The Death Is The State Of A Thermodynamic Bio System

- “But it is not the fear, observe, but the contemplation of death; not the instinctive shudder and struggle of self-preservation, but the deliberate measurement of the doom, which are great or sublime in feeling” (John Ruskin). Human beings never stop making efforts to explaining, understanding and exploring the meaning of the death, and death became an important topic in human’s literature. According to the scientific definition “death is the state of a thermodynamic bio-system in which that thermodynamic system cannot obtain non-spontaneously energy from the environment and organize non-spontaneously the energy obtained from the environment” (Nasif Nahle)....   [tags: Death, Afterlife, Life, Immortality]

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`` Because I Could Not Stop For Death ``

- In the world, everything will eventually die. Beautiful flowers will wither, birds will stop singing; and even inanimate things, such as dewdrop will be disappearing in the sunshine. Human beings are part of the natural world and they are under the control of the natural laws; therefore, people are destined to die. Even though death is normal, most of the human beings may be still afraid of it. It is understandable that ordinary people fear of death, because they may believe that they will disappear forever after death....   [tags: Afterlife, Death, Life, Immortality]

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Bernard Williams' Paper The Makropulos Case

- ... Pushing the idea further, it does appear that immortality is a positive thing when an individual can pursue new and ever evolving categorical desires as their life continues. This idea will reemerge as we discuss avoiding boredom over infinity. Building upon the accumulation of categorical desires, Williams asserts that as we approach temporal infinity all those desires have been satisfied. The satisfaction of these desires is not by means of “just enough” fulfillment, but by a “more than enough” sense of fulfillment....   [tags: reflections on the tedium of immortality]

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The Desire for Everlasting Life and Gilgamesh

- The desire for everlasting life or immortality has been the first and the oldest quest of mankind. At the beginning of time, man was designed to live forever. When God created Adam, he created him to dwell on the earth and to fill it with his offspring’s. At no time was he told that this was a temporary arrangement. He was to live forever unless he ate from one certain tree. If he ate from that tree, then he would die. We are then left with several questions, if he had not eaten from that tree, would he still be alive....   [tags: immortality, Epic of Gilgamesh, Foster]

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To Accept or Not Accept Socrates’ Theory of Recollection as Sufficient Answer to Meno’s Paradox

- ... The problem of circularity in Socrates’ justification is especially problematic because it highlights the weak foundation that his entire theory is built upon. If the basis of ones theory is unsound there is no reason to accept what has been built up from it. If Socrates’ refutation of Meno’s Paradox is that knowledge is simply recollection, it is necessary that he prove the immortality of the soul independently. Since Socrates has failed to do so, then his theory cannot be accepted a sufficient way of overcoming the paradox....   [tags: immortality, slave, interrogation]

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The Transition from Life to Death in “Because I Could not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson

- “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson is a story about the transition from life to death. It begins with death stopping to accompany her on her journey to the afterlife. Throughout this poem the reader follows the speaker through different stages of life, through death, and into the other side where she looks back upon her journey. Each of the stages have purpose, and a well defined meaning. The first reference to death is made in the first line in which she refers to death in the physical form....   [tags: immortality, journey, afterlife]

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Representations of Death in Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson

- ... “Carriage” is a capitalized noun which has a big meaning for Dickinson. With capitalizing “Ourselves” she means the relationship between death and her. She wants us to believe and know that something serious is going to happen between death and her. The last interesting word in this stanza is “Immortality”. It is a hint that Dickinson is not talking about death at the end, but it can be an example for life after death. The next stanza starts with “We slowly drove, he knew no haste”. It represents that they have all the time they want and that they use it properly....   [tags: immortality, characterization, cold]

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Death Is Not Proud And Thomas 's `` Because I Could Not ``

- Eternal is defined as lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning. There comes a time in life where everyone must face the reality of death. Death is a stage of life that is often feared by many. Some view death as the beginning of a new chapter in their life beyond the physical world rather than it being an ending. On a daily basis death is both experienced and avoided. The understanding and acceptance of death comes with time. The theme of death can be seen in Dickenson 's "Because I Could Not", Donne 's "Death, Be Not Proud and Thomas 's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" through acceptance, optimism and age respectively....   [tags: Death, Life, Immortality, Afterlife]

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Emily Dickinson 's `` Because I Could Not Stop For Death ``

- Emily Dickinson’s Guide to Mortality Is death to be feared as an uncertain end or is it to be embraced as a natural gateway to something greater. This is a question that Emily Dickinson tackles throughout her poetry. In her poem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” she acknowledges the common perception of death while presenting the reader with the antithesis. She then leaves her poem open for interpretation and application, which allows the reader to take into consideration both the positive and negative perceptions of death in order to decide how to cope with this inevitable fate....   [tags: Death, Life, Afterlife, Immortality]

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`` Because I Could Not Stop For Death ``

- Death is a topic I really don’t like discussing. I find it awkward to talk about and things you say within the topic of death can be misconstrued in so many ways. When you think about it, every living thing dies eventually; without proper care and maintenance, some living things die quicker than others. When I read “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson, it threw me off guard of how the poem was structured, when it came to the tone and her particular word choice for different things....   [tags: Death, Afterlife, Life, Immortality]

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The Epic of Gilgamesh: The Ignorance of Gilgamesh

- In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh’s pursuit for immortality is marked by ignorance and selfish desire. Desire and ignorance, as The Buddha-karita of Asvaghosha suggests, pollutes man’s judgment resulting in his inability to break the cycle of birth and death. At the core of Gilgamesh’s desire resides his inability to accept the inevitability of death, making his rationality behind the pursuit of immortality ignorant and selfish. Implicitly, Gilgamesh’s corrupt desire for immortality conveys that Gilgamesh does not mature as a character....   [tags: Gilgamesh, Desire, Immortality]

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Is the Prolonged Span of Life by Medic Care Technology a Triumph or a Tragedy?

- ... The answer is obvious. In general, I would characterize aging more of a tragedy than a triumph based on the current situation. In other words, there is still much we can do to improve the quality of our aging procession. To begin with, there are health issues eating up the life quality of elder people. Nowadays, the health system is still exerting more efforts on quantity instead of quality of life for elder people. Life quality could always be sacrificed for the sake of longevity. Such an idea has put millions of elder people living long lives living in long-term pain and suffering....   [tags: ancient civilization, humanity, immortality]

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Because I Coulnd´t Stop fo Death by Emily Dickinson

- Emily Dickinson is known for her poetry especially surrounding the subjects of death, love, and nature. These themes, however, are less standard than they may appear at first glance. Dickinson writes poetry with complex themes, and in many cases, each of her poems may be classified by more than one theme. “Because I could not stop for death” is a prime example of Dickinson’s multifaceted work. Emily Dickinson personifies death along with an underlying theme of love in “Because I could not stop for death.” Within the first line of “Because I could not stop for death,” readers are already aware that the theme of death will occur throughout the poem....   [tags: love, and nature, immortality]

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Alexander the Great: Was He Really That Great?

- Why was Alexander III of Macedon called 'Great'. The answer seems relatively straight forward. Alexander conquered territories, established empires and died young, at the height of his power. However, he was also over-ambitious and pushed his men to their limits in his quest for immortality, while murdering killing thousands along his way. Alexander is neither deserving nor unworthy of his title as the ‘Great’. Born in the year 356 BC to the king of Macedon, Philip II, and his wife Olympias, Alexander the Great spent much of his childhood learning to be a leader and claim the title of the greatest military leader the world has ever known....   [tags: immortality, murdering, power, empires]

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Epicurus 's Philosophy On Philosophy And Happiness

- In this piece of writing Letter to Menoeceus, Epicurus highly emphasized on the importance of philosophy and happiness. To begin with, he encouraged people of all ages, whether young or old, to study philosophy in order to develop better understanding of what desires to fulfill. By philosophy, Epicurus meant a state of mind, based on a realistic worldview that, if its implications were understood, would free people’s minds from superstitious fear and moral anxiety. As he wrote in the letter, “Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in search of it when he has grown old....   [tags: Death, Life, Suffering, Immortality]

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Who is this Death you Speak of?: Piers Anthony's On A Pale Horse

- Who is this Death You Speak Of. According to Alan Loy McGinnis, “there is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being - to help someone succeed.” Piers Anthony, the author of the book On a Pale Horse, seems to agree with that statement when he writes the book series called Incarnations of Immortality, of which On a Pale Horse is the first. This book is a fascinating work of fiction that relates science to magic and expresses that human beings might need a little more help than they expect....   [tags: Incarnations of Immortality, Mythology]

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The Eternal Life After Death

- Our lives are surrounded by culture far older than us. To human years, cultural artifacts stand eternal. When we push our impermanence from our minds, we want to find stability in the notion that there always will be a tomorrow. To cope with being a finite existence amidst infinite nihility, different schools of thought have tried to answer if humanity should either embrace death or believe in the eternal life after death. My integrative paper delved into how literature has prepared its contemporary reader for death and how it contributes to existential concerns....   [tags: Life, Soul, Existentialism, Immortality]

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Responsibility and The Dangers of Science in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

- ... With all of these scientific discoveries and theories being discovered and hypothesized, there was a lot of concern about the responsibilities and the dangers of science. There were many people who were very cautious about what kind of areas they pried into, especially those that had not been charted by any other human being before. Some even chose not to go any deeper than the human race already had, for fear of what the consequences might be. Other scientists, like Darwin, had an immense affect on the world as we know it today....   [tags: victor, cloning, immortality]

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Are We Now Living in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World?

- “COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY”: this is the World State's motto in a science fiction novel “Brave New World” written by Aldous Leonard Huxley in 1932. Huxley predicts the future world ironically, and I assume everyone hopes his prediction will not come true. Fortunately, Huxley’s brave new world is just a fictional world; no one knows whether Huxley’s brave new world will become a reality or not. However, technology improves rapidly and scares people that their world is gradually approaching to Huxley’s brave new world....   [tags: community, identity, technology, immortality]

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`` Intoxicated By My Illness `` By Anatole Broyard

- When one dies, does his presence fade away with his decaying body, or remain immortal. In the poignant yet inspirational essay, “Intoxicated by My Illness,” by Anatole Broyard, the author is informed about his prostate cancer, which leads him to gain a new perspective on himself and his life. Unlike most people who undergo the phase of despair and anxiety in the face of death, Broyard quickly accepts his imminent death, or “ [turns] toward it (343).” Despite the fact that his friends view such action as “courage,” (343) he believes his optimistic attitude is attributed to his “desire;” (344) he is cognizant that his “desire”- his view, thoughts, and presence- will be eternal....   [tags: Death, Life, Immortality]

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The Meaning of The Mind and Soul

- Death and immortality Since the times of Plato and before, humans have pondered the existence of a soul and the afterlife. I am going to present my argument for the existence of a soul and the potential for surviving one's physical death. For the purpose of my argument I will define that the meaning of the mind and soul are one and the same. The two main accepted views of the human condition are that of the physicalist and that of the dualist. The physicalist views the human condition in a purely physical state....   [tags: death, immortality, plato]

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The Belief Of The Soul

- The Belief of the Soul in Judaism and Christianity For centuries great philosophers and Church Fathers have influenced our view on the human soul; Plato in the Phaedo, Aristotle in the De Anima. Fast forward to modern society, soul is often referred to as deep human emotion or nature such as in soul music or soul food. However despite this coined definition somewhat relating to the true essence of the soul, there is a much more deeper and richer understanding from the viewpoint of religions. Despite Christianity being a religion stemming from Judaism, and establishing their own views and doctrines, there are evident similarities regarding the human soul....   [tags: Soul, Life, Immortality, Death]

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What Makes A Good Life?

- Through the course of these last few weeks, we as a class have discussed the Soul, both in concept, and as it applies in terms of our readings of The Phaedo and as a philosophical construct. But the questions involved in that: In the ideas of good, of living a ‘good’ life and getting ‘rid of the body and of their wickedness’, as ‘there is no escape from evil’, (Phaedo, 107c), in whether or not the soul is immortal, or if our bodies themselves get in the way of some higher form of knowledge, or even of the importance of philosophy itself are rather complex, simultaneously broad and specific, and more than a little messy....   [tags: Soul, Life, Immortality, Sense]

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