New Edited Volume: The Resounding Soul

Posted by on February 28, 2016 at 11:42 pm.

PrintGreetings, dear readers! It’s been a while, but I wanted to inform you that as of this past November (of 2015), my friend Samuel Kimbriel and I have published an edited volume through Wipf & Stock entitled The Resounding Soul: Reflections on the Metaphysics and Vivacity of the Human Person. The essays contained within are the fruit of the conference on “The Soul” that took place in the summer of 2013. The collection has been a labor of love, and we are both really proud of the final product.

Here is the book description:

It is surely not coincidental that the term “soul” should mean not only the center of a creature’s life and consciousness, but also a thing or action characterized by intense vivacity (“that bike’s got soul!”). It also seems far from coincidental that the same contemporary academic discussions that have largely cast aside the language of “soul” in their quest to define the character of human mental life should themselves be so—how to say it?—bloodless, so lacking in soul. This volume arises from the opposite premise, namely that the task of understanding human nature is bound up with and in important respects dependent upon the more critical task of learning to be fully human, of learning to have soul. The papers collected here are derived from a conference in Oxford sponsored by the Centre of Theology and Philosophy and together explore the often surprising landscape that emerges when human consciousness is approached from this angle. Drawing upon literary, philosophical, theological, historical, and musical modes of analysis, the essays of this volume vividly remind the reader of the power of the ancient language of soul over against contemporary impulses to reduce, fragment, and overly determine human selfhood.

We were also blessed to have the following blurbs added to the back of the book:

“According to Aristotle, inquiry into the soul is one of the noblest human tasks. Such an inquiry, however, has all but disappeared: if the soul is not denied altogether, it is rarely thought about. The Resounding Soul helps us recollect this ancient knowledge, and at the same time opens up new avenues of reflection. By inviting us to lift our gaze in this bourgeois and pragmatic age, the editors have rendered a great service.” — D. C. Schindler, author, Associate Professor of Metaphysics and Anthropology, The John Paul II Institute

“These exacting essays variously suggest that the apparently problematic category of the soul nonetheless secures the reality of mind without reduction, and without a dualistic contrast to body and matter. Both body and mind live, and it is the living force of the soul which combines them in growth, motion and reflection.” — Catherine Pickstock,  Professor of Metaphysics and Poetics, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

The best way to secure a copy of this collection is directly from the publisher’s website here.

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