Paola Rumore

The Debate on the Immortality of the Soul in the German Enlightenment

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Keywords: Rational and Empirical Psychology, Psychological Ma- terialism, Rational and Moral Proofs of Immortality, Christian Wolff, Christian August Crusius, Georg Friedrich Meier, Michael Hißmann.

The paper presents the main stages of the debate concerning the immateriality of the soul in 18th-century German philosophy, with a special focus on three central moments. The first one is Wolff’s attempt to provide a rational demonstration of immortality in the frame of his rational psychology; the second moment concerns the criticisms of such a claim raised by Meier and Crusius, and their ‘moral’ approach to the question; the third one considers the presence of the issue in Hißmann’s psychological materialism, and its theological implications.

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