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Philo

Volume 4, Issue 2, Fall-Winter 2001

L. Nathan Oaklander
Pages 185-194
DOI: 10.5840/philo20014215

Personal Identity, Immortality, and the Soul

The soul has played many different roles in philosophy and religion. Two of the primary functions of the soul are the bearer of personal identity and the foundation of immortality. In this paper I shall consider different interpretations of what the soul has been taken to be and argue that however we interpret the soul we cannot consistently maintain the soul is both what we are and what continues after our bodily death.