Poul Martin Møller’s "Thoughts on the Possibility of Proofs of Human Immortality" and Other Texts


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A classicist, philosopher, and poet, Poul Martin Møller was an important figure in the Danish Golden Age. The traumatic event of the death of his wife led him to think more profoundly about the question of the immortality of the soul. In 1837 he published his most important philosophical treatise, “Thoughts on the Possibility of Proofs of Human Immortality,” presented here in English for the first time. It was read and commented upon by the leading figures of the Golden Age, such as Søren Kierkegaard. It proved to be the last important work that Møller wrote before his death in March of 1838 at the age of 43.

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Jon Stewart is Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He is the author of numerous books on Continental philosophy.

Finn Gredal Jensen is Senior Editor at the Society for Danish Language and Literature, Copenhagen. He has edited several critical editions of Danish literature, including Søren Kierkegaard and Hans Christian Andersen.
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