Review of “Immortality in Ancient Philosophy”

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2022.03.06 View this Review Online  

Alexander G. Long (ed.), Immortality in Ancient Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 2021, 227pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781108832281.

Reviewed by Gretchen Reydams-Schils, University of Notre Dame The editor of this volume, Alexander G. Long, has himself written a monograph on the topic of death and immortality in Ancient Philosophy (2019). His own contribution to this volume is based on that work (see below). The collection of essays pursues the notion of ‘immortality’ both in our terms, such as ‘everlastingness,’ and in the terms the ancient authors themselves would have used, with a focus on the immortal as ‘deathless’ (athanatos). The explicit aim of the work is to broaden the discussion beyond psychology as views of the structure of the soul itself in its relation with the…

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