Phaedon

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Phaedon
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Author Moses Mendelssohn
Original title Phädon oder über die Unsterblichkeit der Seele
Country Germany
Language German
Subject Immortality
Published 1767
Media type Print
ISBN 978-1141640836

Phaedon (German: Phädon oder über die Unsterblichkeit der Seele), published in 1767, is a book by the Jewish Enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, in which Mendelssohn offers a defense of immortality.[1]

Summary[edit]

Phaedon is a defense of immortality.[1] Mendelssohn argues that the soul must be indestructible because it is a simple substance.[2]

Reception[edit]

One of Mendelssohn's most famous books,[2] Phaedon won him fame.[1] Immanuel Kant criticized Mendelssohn's argument for immortality in the second edition of the Critique of Pure Reason (1787), at B413–15.

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Goodman 2005. p. 585.
  2. ^ a b Popkind 1999. p. 556.

Bibliography[edit]

Books
  • Goodman, Lenn E. (2005). Honderich, Ted, ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-926479-1. 
  • Popkin, Richard H. (1999). Audi, Robert, ed. The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-63722-8.