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Evil as weakness of the human soul

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Not all souls have the same type of weakness, just as not all bodies are brought to the furthest degree of sickness by their distance from that virtue that brings them measure and preservation. Proclus somewhat misleadingly locates the beginning of soul's weakness in its descent into matter or, he puts it in DMS, at the point at which it comes into contact with "mortal nature". Plotinus locates soul’s evil in the irrational soul, identifying it with Plato’s reference in Phaedrus to the part of the soul in which evil naturally occurs. Yet the weakness of soul must play some role in its descent, although Plotinus provides no concise explanation for what that role might be.

Keywords: human soul; mortal nature; soul's evil; soul's weakness



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