Religion in the Age of Enlightenment

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Bodies of Thought: Science, Religion, and the Soul in the Early Enlightenment: Book Review


Robin Runia


Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, review


Of what does the soul consist? What is the relationship of the soul to the body? What are the implications of the soul's materiality or immateriality for its immortality? Ann Thomson's meticulous examination of these questions and the answers posed by early Enlightenment thinkers sets out to show how previous critical labels have failed to adequately reflect the complexity of the period's debates about the soul.

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