The Resounding Soul

Reflections on the Metaphysics and Vivacity of the Human Person

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Editor(s): 
Eric Austin Lee, Samuel Kimbriel
  • Cambridge, UK: 
    James Clarke Company
    , October
     2016.
     424 pages.
     £27.50.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780227175989.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

It is surely not coincidental that the term "soul" should mean not only the centre of a creature's life and consciousness, but also a thing or action characterised by intense vivacity ("that bike's got soul!"). It also seems far from coincidental that the same contemporary academic discussions that have largely cast aside the language of "soul" in their quest to define the character of human mental life should themselves be so bloodless, or so lacking in soul. The Resounding Soul arises from the opposite premise: that the task of understanding human nature is bound up with the more critical task of learning to be fully human. The papers collected here are derived from a conference in Oxford sponsored by the Centre of Theology and Philosophy and explore the often surprising landscape that emerges when human consciousness is approached from this angle. Drawing upon literary, philosophical, theological, historical, and musical modes of analysis, these essays remind the reader of the power of the ancient language of soul over against contemporary impulses to reduce, fragment, and overly determine human selfhood.

 

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Eric Austin Lee (PhD) is Research Fellow/Deputy Director, North America at the Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham, where he also received his PhD. He is co-editor of the Veritas and KALOS book series.

Samuel Kimbriel (MPhil, PhD) is a Teaching Fellow in philosophical theology at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Friendship as Sacred Knowing: Overcoming Isolation (2014).

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