Submitted by frlarry on Sun, 11/06/2005 - 01:53
There have been a number of developmental psychology studies which have perported to encompass the field of spiritual development in the classical sense. This view presupposes that virtues are a kind of habit in some combined sense of behaviorism and gestalt psychology. In other words, this view makes no appeal to the existence of the soul. In the words of Pierre-Simone de LaPlace, "Je n'avais pas besoin de cette hypothese!" ("I have no need of that hypothesis." -- a remark he made regarding the question of God's existence.) I, on the other hand, take the view that the soul itself is qualitatively affected by the acquisition of virtues. I have argued elsewhere that the existence of the soul is essential to any consideration of meaning in life, true morality, etc., in short, anything that formally departs from nihilism.