Human Destiny: Immortality and Resurrection

  • Arvind Sharma


In Western thought the doctrine of the immortality of the soul goes back to Plato (428/7–348/7 bc). Plato speaks of two worlds, one of the senses, the other of the intellect. The body belongs to the sensible world, sharing its changeability and perishability. The intellect is related to a different realm of the universals. In it are to be found the ‘universals’ such as goodness and so on, which are eternal as distinguished from acts of goodness which are fleeting. Now Plato argued that if one was given to the contemplation of eternal truths then, upon death, the body will perish but the soul or intellect will pass on to the eternal realm of the universals.


Physical Body Indian Philosophy Indian Materialist Eternal Truth Christian Doctrine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arvind Sharma
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  1. 1.Faculty of Religious StudiesMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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