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1. Concept and ancient origins

The two reference points for the variegated early modern discussions concerning the immortality of the human soul (Greek psychḗ, Latin anima) were the New Testament, which promises either eternal life or resurrection of the intact individual (Mt 22,23 ff.; 1 Cor 15,12 ff.), and the philosophy of Greek Antiquity. On the basis of his dialogues SymposiumPhaedon, and Phaedrus, Pla…

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Salatowsky, Sascha, “Immortality”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029332>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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