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7 mins | May 13, 2020

What is the soul if not a better version of ourselves?

Our ideas of the soul are bound up with our search for identity and selfhood. John Cottingham, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Reading and an honorary fellow of St John's College, Oxford University, contemplates society's belief in the soul as the most positive representation of human existence. Writing in Aeon magazine, he aims to understand how our concepts of souls inform our longing for finding meaning in life.

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