What Happened to the Soul?




Ulrich Lüke

Managing Director

The term soul has disappeared from modern psychology. How did things get to the point that measuring has replaced understanding, and the soul has turned into behavior and experience? As chair of the Bishop Hemmerle professorship, Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Dipl. Psych. Helmut Reuter will consider these questions in his presentation series. The endowned professorship was created in 1996, in order to enable selected individuals to teach at RWTH Aachen. Named after the former Aachen bishop, the professorship places focus on disciplinary and inter-faculty questions. Individuals who held the professorship before Professor Reuter include former Federal Minister Prof. Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin in 2011 and former Federal Minister Dr. Norbert Blüm.


The Soul in a Scientific Spectrum

The event series from Professor Reuter is titled "The soul from a religious, psychological, deep psychological, and neuropsychological perspective." Understanding man in his development and his life task was central until the 19th century. With increasing technical development, measuring constructs and terms began to take over this comprehensive understanding. The soul has retained its meaning in religion and in understanding humanistic psychology. What does this discrepancy represent for our current life situation?

The lecture "The soul from a religious, psychological, deep psychological, and neuropsychological perspective“ is open to all interested individuals. It will take place on Thursdays starting April 11, from 5:45 to 7:15pm in the Reiff-Museum, Schinkelstraße 1, Hörsaal R 5.

About Professor Reuter

Professor Helmut Reuter studied psychology and art history at Ruhr University Bochum and at the University of Münster. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Bremen since 1995. As part of his professorship, he has also been a member of the IPK, the Institute of Psychology and Cognition Research at the University of Bremen since winter semester 2004-2005. The institute's research focus is on general and neuropsychology. In 2004, Professor Reuter founded the Institute of Education and Culture, IfBK GmbH, which is located in Cologne.