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Overview of course

This short course will begin by exploring the changing conceptions of body and soul from the Platonic to the Aristotelian models of Greek antiquity. We will also explore how Christianity engaged with Pagan philosophies, comparing and contrasting Old Testament ideas of the soul as the blood or the whole self with New Testament ideas of spirit, flesh and the eternal struggle between them. The final stage of the course will examine how the Scientific Revolution in medicine sparked a cluster of new theories about the animate body and will finish with an examination of how technology has reordered our sense of self in the internet age.

What will I learn?

Week 1: The divided self - some Platonic notions of the soul

Week 2: Aristotle and the ensoulment of the world

Week 3: The biblical soul - Old Testament materiality and the New Testament battle between spirit and flesh

Week 4: The soul in the Scientific Revolution - anatomists, Frankenstein's monster and the search for the ghost in the machine

Week 5: Electronic avatars - soul and self in the age of the internet

Who is the course for?

Students of all abilities are welcome, either with a personal interest in the subject, or those considering an Access to Higher Education course, or a degree in English Literature; History; Psychology, and Sociology. Those who have an interest in the relation between mind and body and how it has been interpreted through history.

Will I have to provide anything?

Notepad and Pen/Colouring Pencils

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Please apply online for this exciting course. If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to enquire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Days & times

Starting 28/04/2020
Tuesday 16:30 - 18:30

Course price

£70.00

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