The problem of explaining soul

The problem in explaining the nature of the soul is how the plant or animal’s body is alive.

If soul is a spirit in a body then it is present by a sort of contact, but things do not become alive because living things touch them. So life or soul can’t be a spirit in body.

Soul or life also can’t be the arrangement of physical things or emergent from them, like a word arising from an arrangement of letters. Unarranged letters can come to compose the word but the corpse can’t come to compose the animal. So the corpse of an animal can’t be just the absence of arrangement, nor can the living body – the animal – be the presence of the arrangement of parts or an emergent form.

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