Whatever Happened to the Human Soul? A Brief, Christian Genealogy of a Psychological Term

Volume
Volume 26
Issue
Spring 1998
Title
Whatever Happened to the Human Soul? A Brief, Christian Genealogy of a Psychological Term
Abstract

The term soul disappeared from psychological discourse as modern psychology arose in the late 1800s. Yet the concept is used almost universally across cultures, and the term had served a valuable lexical purpose for previous centuries in the West as a general label for human inner life that included moral and religious connotations. The removal of soul from Western psychological discourse provides an instructive example of the power of modern, naturalistic sensibilities to control what counts as valid-€”power that is masked as an "€œobjective"€ search for knowledge. Some reasons for resurrecting the term soul are provided.

Author
Dr. E.L. Johnson
Pages
16 - 28
Price
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