The Immortal Soul Term Paper by Mary Sullivan

A debate regarding whether the soul exists, if it is immaterial and if the soul is immortal.
# 146161 | 2,432 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 19, 2010 in Philosophy (Religion) , Religion and Theology (General)

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This paper takes an in-depth look at various ideas concerning the existence of the soul of man. It goes on to address a Christian philosophy of the human person by showing that the soul exists, that it is immaterial, and that the soul is immortal. The paper also introduces the most basic philosophical theories that look into the substantiality and the spirituality of the soul.

Existence of the Soul

From the Paper:

''There is little doubt among philosophers that man has a soul. One need only contrast a living body to a dead one to see that there is something profoundly different between the two. This difference has been recognized as ``the soul.'' The soul is identified as the ``ultimate internal principle by which we think, feel, and will, and by which our bodies our animated.'' The two primary functions attributed to the soul are thinking and moving. The Latin root for the word soul is ``anima,'' from which the English word ``animate'' comes. The word ``soul'' is often used to indicate the vital activities which make a body ``alive,'' while the word ``mind'' is sometimes used to denote the state of consciousness. Additionally, theology makes the distinction that the will and the intellect are distinct faculties of the soul.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The Catholic Encyclopedia, On the Soul, Volume X, Robert Appleton Co.,1911; online version,, (June,2006)
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd edition, (Strathfield, NSW Australia: St Paul's Publications, pocket edition, 2000)
  • St. Augustine, Soliloqui, II, I
  • Author Unknown, The Homiletic & Pastoral Review, Immortality of the Soul and the Resurrection of the Dead, New York, N.Y.; July 1993; online version, , (June 2006); (hereafter cited as ISRD)
  • St. Gregory of Thaumaturgus, On the Soul, third century; online version:, (June, 2006)

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