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Eternity and Immortality

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/10.1093/0199247072.003.0005
 Eternity and Immortality

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Examines Spinoza's account of the eternity of the mind in Part Five of the Ethics. Argues that this doctrine amounts to a denial of personal immortality. For Spinoza, virtue consists in the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge, and its benefits lie in this lifetime. There are no post‐mortem rewards or punishments. What survives the death of a human being is not a personal soul but simply a set of eternal ideas.

Keywords: eternity; Ethics; ideas; immortality; knowledge; mind; soul; Spinoza; virtue

Chapter.  15189 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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