<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Merricks (Trenton) - How to Live Forever Without Saving Your Soul: Physicalism and Immortality (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6206.htm">How to Live Forever Without Saving Your Soul: Physicalism and Immortality</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/M/Author_Merricks (Trenton).htm">Merricks (Trenton)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Corcoran - Soul, Body and Survival, Chapter 11</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6206.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperCitings_6206.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PapersToNotes_6206.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P6206_1">Summary</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6206_1"></A></u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>In "How to Live Forever without Saving Your Soul" Trenton Merricks responds to worries about how a wholly and purely physical person, a <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1265.htm">human animal</A><SUP>2</SUP>, who utterly ceased to exist could possibly come back into existence at a later date. After criticizing the two most familiar responses, <ul type="disc"><li>the reassembly of material parts response, and </li><li>the personal identity grounded in <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_16.htm">psychological continuity</A><SUP>3</SUP> response, </li></ul>Merricks develops his own bold response. Merricks believes that objections to the possibility of survival by way of resurrection rely either:- <ul type="disc"><li>on the assumption that there are criteria of personal identity over time which rule out the possibility of temporal gaps in a person's existence, or </li><li>on the notion that temporal gaps of the sort required for resurrection are just impossible.</li></ul></li><li>As to the latter, it has seemed self-evident to some philosophers that identity supposes continuous, <em>uninterrupted</em> existence. Gaps in the existence of a thing would entail that a thing can exist before it begins to exist, which is absurd. But Merricks makes a plea for metaphysical modesty when it comes to the fruits of <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>4</SUP> intuition. He thus dismisses claims of the form "temporal gaps of the sort implied by resurrection are simply impossible" as the product of an overweening confidence in one's <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>5</SUP> intuition. Modesty is more becoming.</li><li>As for the former assumption, building on his previous work on criteria of identity over time, Merricks claims that there are <em>no</em> criteria of personal identity over time. So all criterion-based worries and arguments against the possibility of resurrection dissipate. In the end Merricks offers reasons of his own for believing in the possibility of resurrection for wholly physical persons, frankly admitting that if resurrection occurs, it's going to take a miracle. </li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>Section III: Does <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">Life After Death</A><SUP>6</SUP> Require Dualism<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P6206_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6206_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Taken from <a name="6"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6195.htm">Corcoran (Kevin) - Soul, Body and Survival: Introduction - Soul or Body?</A>", p. 9. <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-03T00:11" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:11:37</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>