The Existance of the Soul Essay

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The existence of the soul has perplexed man for ages. Islamic philosopher Avicenna believed that he had proved the existence of the soul with his flying man thought experiment. He claims that the soul is a separate part of the human body that we don’t access. He claims that the flying man lacks knowledge of anything due to his predicament and through this can find the soul. This lack of knowledge makes it impossible for the flying man to actually create an understanding of his own existence and is reliant upon the soul. But the soul proposes an understanding that existence that is either through the body or inconsistent with Avicenna’s own explanation of modern existence. To truly understand the soul man must have full access to all …show more content…
Avicenna makes is that you can have knowledge without sensory perception. Since the flying man has just been created, has no previous knowledge, and has no sensory perceptions this knowledge must be created without them. But knowledge must be created out of something. Knowledge can be described as particulars and universals. Particulars based upon a distinct piece of information and its qualities while universals are the combinations of these particulars that form a constant on a certain topic. For example a particular horse can be seen while the universal of horseness is based upon the collective qualities held by horses. Both of these pieces of knowledge are based upon some sort of interaction with a something. The flying man lacks these interactions or memories of these interactions. The flying man then has no knowledge or the ability to gain more. Without knowledge individuals cannot express themselves. Expression comes from our ability to use and understand language. Language is a taught skill since we do know of it as newborns. Without access to any part of civil society, where we are taught of language, the flying man must also be without it. Without language the flying man cannot properly express anything, much less his own existence. Without language to express something it is merely a feeling. For example you may feel something is incorrect but with the proper language skills to

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