Cicero’s 28 Proofs of the Immortality of the Human Soul — Christian Platonism

John Uebersax

MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO (109−43 BC) was a great Roman statesman and philosopher, a contemporary of Julius Caesar. As a young man he studied in Athens and Rhodes with many of the greatest Greek philosophers of his times, including Platonists, Aristotelians and Stoics.  In addition to his political, legal and rhetorical accomplishments (he served, for example […]

Cicero’s 28 Proofs of the Immortality of the Human Soul — Christian Platonism

2 thoughts on “Cicero’s 28 Proofs of the Immortality of the Human Soul — Christian Platonism

  1. #13-16 are especially nice.
    The argument in the Phaedo seems to demonstrate, too, the immortality of worms, that is, all animate souls. Not that that seems impossible! Who knows!

    We go from here to Genesis via Strauss: Things that change their places, living things, things that move themselves, and choose their courses, as a dog, and then us- who choose our WAYS.

  2. We like “catch a glimpse” of the immortal soul.
    If it is so, it so NOW, eh?
    It is said to be not as we see the eternal things of geometry, but alive, that is, immortal LIFE.
    Given that we do not remember before we were born, and we think of the eternal as all time, we must wonder: Is immortality something we put on, or something with which we are simply stuck! That is, the choice does seem to be said to be eternal Death and eternal life. But what to do with Purgatory!

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