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Single Idea 7467

[catalogued under 29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 2. Immortality / a. Immortality]

Full Idea

The modern concept of the immortal soul is a Greek idea, which owes much to Pythagoras.

Gist of Idea

The modern idea of an immortal soul was largely created by Pythagoras


report of Pythagoras (reports [c.530 BCE]) by Peter Watson - Ideas Ch.5

Book Reference

Watson,Peter: 'Ideas: from fire to Freud' [Phoenix 2006], p.141

A Reaction

You can see why it caught on - it is a very appealing idea. Watson connects the 'modern' view with the ideas of heaven and hell. Obviously the idea of an afterlife goes a long way back (judging from the contents of ancient graves).