The concept of the soul in Kierkegaard and Freud
Copp, John Dixon
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The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the use or uses of the concept "soul" in the writings of Soren Kierkegaard and Sigmund Freud. The concept has been chosen because of the central place which it has occupied in theories of personality and doctrines of man; because it brings us, traditionally at least, to the place of man's awareness of God; and because it has been a point of focus in man's thought of immortality. And these men have been chosen because they are fountainhead personalities; because they represent so strongly two contrasting anthropologies, the Christian and the naturalistic; and because each of them, in the last half century, has had an increasing influence upon the climate of western thought. The general procedure has been to see each man in his own historical, geographical, intellectual and social setting; to examine autobiographical and biographical material; to discover and to summarize previous research in this special field; to study the writings of each man in the order of their appearanoe; to pay particular attention, not only to the acceptance of the concept "soul", but to its rejection, and to the reasons for this rejection; and to compare and contrast the two resulting concepts. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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