Achilles of Rationalist Arguments: The Simplicity, Unity and by B.L. Mijuskovic

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Marin Mersenne, ed. De Waard (Paris, 1945), p. 564). See Beck, op. , pp. 6ff. How earnest Descartes's countrymen were regarding proofs for immortality can be ascertained by considering that, in 1669, when several candidates competed for the chair of philosophy at the College Royal, one of the four topics which could be defended was the immortality of the soul. (A second was a refutation of Descartes's philosophy). See Guy Patin, Lettres choisies de feu Guy Patin (Roterdam, 1725), III, p. 231. See also: Charles Jourdain, Histoire de I'Umversite de Pans au 17" et 18" siecles (Paris, 1862-1866), II, pp.

It can be disagreed with but it cannot be refuted. An opponent can only declare his own contending principle, and he, hke myself, can merely mutely repeat it when it is challenged. 55 See Richard Popkin's Introduction to Pierre Bayle's HistOrical and Critical DictIOnary (Bobbs-Merrill, 1965). 56 CEuvres Diverses, ed. Mme. Labrousse (Georg Olms, Hildesheim, 1968; first published 1731). 42 THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL reflexive, which is to say that thought knows itself in knowing. " For si I'ame est immaterielle, il est evident qu'elle est indesctructible; car on ne c;onc;oit point que les choses puissent etre destruites autrement que par la division de leurs parties.

As Prof. Popkin suggests, all these questions may be insoluble in the last analysis. 62 DictIOnary of NatIOnal BIOgraphy, article on Dodwell. 63 Encyclopedw of ReligIOn and EthiCS, article on "Conditional Immortality". 44 THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL and strong effect for three reasons. It was the first defense of mortal ism by an orthodox theologian, rather than a philosopher. Secondly, it was a systematic defense of conditional ism and it was dealt with as a serious theme in itself, and not merely peripherally as a digression or aside.

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