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The Philosophers

Steven Nadler

in Spinoza's Heresy

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247073
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598074 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199247072.003.0004
 The Philosophers

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Concerns the issue of immortality in two medieval Jewish philosophers: Maimonides and Gersonides. It is argued that both of these highly rationalistic philosophers are amenable to a reading according to which they deny the personal immortality of the soul. The rewards of virtue, identified as intellectual knowledge, lie in this life, not in some after life.

Keywords: Gersonides; immortality; Jewish philosophy; knowledge; Maimonides; rationalism; soul; virtue

Chapter.  10496 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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