Psyche and Soma
Physicians and Metaphysicians on the Mind-body Problem from Antiquity to Enlightenment
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Psyche and Soma by John P. Wright
Book DescriptionPsyche and Soma is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the history of understanding of the human mind or soul and its relationship to the body, through the course of more than two thousand years. Thirteen specially commissioned chapters, each written by a recognized expert in the field, explore in chronological sequence the views of influential writers on such questions as the soul's immortality, the control it exerts over the body, how mental disturbances can arise out of bodily imbalances, and the roles of the priest and the physician in promoting spiritual welfare. The main figures whose views are treated include the doctors Hippocrates, Galen, H. Boerhaave, and Wm. Cullen, theologians such as the Apostle Paul, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas, and philosophers from Plato and Aristotle to Descartes and Leibniz. Psyche and Soma will be a key point of reference and a rich source of illumination in this central area of human inquiry.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198238409
(241mm x 162mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 16-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John P. Wright
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Examines the development of Hume's ideas and their relation to eighteenth-century theories of the imagination and passions.
Psyche and Soma, Paperback (November 2002)
A multi-disciplinary exploration of the conceptions of the human soul or mind and body, through the course of more than 2000 years of Western history. Figures including Hippocrates, Galen, Plato, Descartes, Aquinas and La Mettrie are discussed.
John Locke, Paperback (April 2000)» View all books by John P. Wright
Focusing on the themes of religion and morality within this seminal Essay by Locke, the distinguished contributors collected in this volume explore his views on the ethics of belief, personal identity, free will and moral theory.
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Author Biography - John P. Wright
John P. Wright is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Central Michigan University. Paul Potter is Professor of the History of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario.
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