Contarini: The Immortality of the Soul

Edited by Paul Richard Blum,  in cooperation with Elisabeth Blum, Jan Čížek, Martin Holan, Jan Janoušek,  Jozef Matula, Jiří Michalík, Tomáš Nejeschleba, Lloyd A. Newton, Jana Slezáková, and Martin Žemla

Editors: BLUM, Paul Richard (T. J. Higgins, S.J., Chair in Philosophy, emeritus, Loyola University Maryland), in cooperation with Elisabeth Blum, Jan Čížek, Martin Holan, Jan Janoušek,  Jozef Matula, Jiří Michalík, Tomáš Nejeschleba, Lloyd A. Newton, Jana Slezáková, and Martin Žemla.

Reference: Contarini, Gasparo. De immortalitate animae – On the Immortality of the Soul. Nordhausen: Bautz, 2020, 271 p. ISBN 978-3-95948-467-1.  

Gasparo Contarini (1483-1542) was the first to write a critique of the treatise On the Immortality of the Soul by his teacher Petro Pomponazzi. He scrutinized the arguments in detail so that Pomponazzi published the critique together with his responses, to which Contarini responded again. Contarini’s main points were: during life in the body, the soul is perfected and prepared for the afterlife; but the afterlife as such is a matter of faith.  Contarini was a member of a patrician family in Venice and worked as a diplomat for his city. Due to his merits in negotiating with the Protestants he was created Cardinal. During his spare time he continued writing philosophical studies.  

The editors are a group of scholars, presided by Tomáš Nejeschleba, connected with the Department of Philosophy of Palacký University in Olomouc (Czech Republic).