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Single Idea 21876

[catalogued under 29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 2. Immortality / a. Immortality]

Full Idea

The human mind cannot be absolutely destroyed with the body, but something of it remains which is eternal.

Gist of Idea

After death, something eternal remains of the mind


Baruch de Spinoza (The Ethics [1675], V Pr 23)

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Ethics', ed/tr. Curley,Edwin [Penguin 1996], p.172

A Reaction

This sounds contrary to Spinoza's monism of mind and body, but he seems to mean little more than that minds are reabsorbed into the whole. See Beth Lord's commentary [p.146]. Compare stoics on the subject.