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Flügel, Peter (2023) 'Pure Soul: Conceptions and Representations.' In: Flügel, Peter, De Jonckheere, Heleen and Söhnen-Thieme, Renate, (eds.), Pure Soul: The Jaina Spiritual Traditions. London: Centre of Jaina Studies, SOAS, pp. 4-14.

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The history of the Jaina philosophical discourse on the soul is yet to be written. It will inevitably focus on the ways in which the relationship between soul and body is conceived, and what practical implications the various stances carry. For Jaina metaphysics, the existence of the individual soul is an ontological fact. For the history of philosophy, the soul or self is a theory, a concept, 'synthesized from knowledge about the self’ through processes of self-definition. The article explores the history and sociology of the Jaina conception of the soul and the practical implications of variants of two basic stances taken by different Jaina thinkers and traditions along the spectrum between early, classical, and spiritualistic variants of Jaina philosophy.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Soul, self, concept, ontology, self-definition, karma, matter, action, history of ideas, Jainism, Sāṃkhya, Āyāra, Kundakunda, Umāsvāti/Umāsvāmī, Kant, B. Bhatt, W. Johnson, G. Strawson
SOAS Departments & Centres: School Research Centres > Centre of Jaina Studies
Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PK Indo-Iranian languages and literatures
N Fine Arts
ISBN: 9781399946865
Copyright Statement: Text © 2023 the individual writers as stated
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2023 13:33
Funders: Leverhulme Trust

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