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On the Soul and the Resurrection: St Gregory of Nyssa Paperback – January 1, 1993
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As the title states, the main subject is the nature of the soul. Unlike the earlier reviewer, I did not find many specifics relating the soul to the four classic elements of antiquity. The primary thread which tied the soul together, as it were, is memory, kept pure of strong emotions such as lust and anger. It is memory which is how the body is reconstituted when it comes time for the resurrection of the body. Gregory even seems to ape Plato's notion of hindrances hanging onto the soul as if nailed there, to disfigure and pull down. Gregory uses the image of barnacles which attach themselves to the hull of a ship.
The Cappadocians were heavily influenced by Origin in Alexandria, but unlike Origen and Plato, the Cappadicians did not believe the soul pre-existed the body, and this dialogue makes that clear. That is why Gregory's notion of memory as a more psychological fact than as a metaphysical everlasting soul, is the heart of his argument. He even goes so far as to use the adage from the Delphic Oracle "know thyself". If one were following Plato, the emphasis would not be on knowing a personal memory, but on knowing the shared eternal memory of the ideas.