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20-07-2020 | Symposium: Reflections Before, During, and Beyond COVID-19 | Issue 4/2020

Society 4/2020

Immortality

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John Carroll
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Abstract

This essay is an exercise in what might be called Metaphysical Sociology. It suggests that in the secular modern Western world immortality has become the great question mark. It explores possible responses, drawing on a range of fictional examples, including the novel and film Gone with the Wind and Nicolas Poussin's painting of The Last Supper. It draws a contrast between vitality and ego, on the one hand, and soul, on the other.

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