The Immortality of the Soul in Descartes and Spinoza

Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 75 (27-41):27-41 (2001)
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In this paper, I examine the thought of Descartes and Spinoza regarding the immortality of the soul. I conclude that Descartes’s argument(s) for the immortality of the soul—or at least the argument(s) that one can construct based on Descartes’s texts—are disappointing, and that Spinoza’s thought on the soul and its relation to the body leaves little room for the traditional doctrine of personal immortality.



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