Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) July 18, 2011: Robert Moore of the Chicago Theological Seminary has worked up a Jungian structural account of the human psyche. If somebody else has formulated a competing account of the human psyche that is as comprehensive as his account, I am not familiar with that competing account. But let's consider two famous accounts of the human psyche or soul.
In Plato's dialogues the Republic and the Phaedrus, we learn about a three-part account of the human psyche or soul:
(1) the rational part
(2) the desiring part
(3) the spirited part (Greek, "thumos")
The spirited part of the psyche or soul is the basis for our flight/fight/freeze response. It is also the basis for the agonistic psychodynamism that Walter J. Ong, S.J., of Saint Louis University delineates in his book Fighting for Life: Contest, Sexuality, and Consciousness (1981), the published version of Ong' 1979 Messenger Lectures at Cornell University.
After the conceptual construct of the will emerged historically in Western philosophic discourse, Thomas Aquinas worked with a four-part account of the human psyche or soul:
(1) intellect (= the rational part)
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