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Remarks On The Immortality Of The Soul In Spinoza

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The existence of a thing is eternal inasmuch as it is conceived as following necessarily from the mere definition of this thing; in derived sense, the existence of a thing is eternal inasmuch as it is conceived of as following necessarily from the mere definition of another thing that is itself eternal. Two conclusions can be drawn: God is unrestrictedly eternal in the former sense, and infinite modes are unrestrictedly eternal in the latter. There is something in us that does not die: the eternal idea we are. This does not yet mean that our soul is immortal, for this idea alone and at the level of immediate and infinite mode merely tends to be a soul; it is not actually a soul. If after our death it were relieved of every idea of bodily affection, then we would still be there, but we would have no consciousness of anything.

Keywords: bodily affection; consciousness; death; eternal existence; God; immortal; infinite modes; soul; Spinoza



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