<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Corcoran (Kevin) - Physical Persons and Postmortem Survival Without Temporal Gaps (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_6207.htm">Physical Persons and Postmortem Survival Without Temporal Gaps</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/C/Author_Corcoran (Kevin).htm">Corcoran (Kevin)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Corcoran - Soul, Body and Survival, Chapter 12</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_6207.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperCitings_6207.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PapersToNotes_6207.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_P6207_1">Summary</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6207_1"></A></u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">In my essay, "Physical Persons and Postmortem Survival without Temporal Gaps," I assume that human persons are wholly physical and that human bodies <em>cannot</em> enjoy temporally gappy existence. I then offer a view of postmortem survival that is consistent with <em>both</em> of these <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P6207_2">theses</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6207_2"></A>, a view that does not require one to deny the plausible assumption that if x is a physical object is <em>essentially</em> a physical object. The view I offer does not come without a price tag, however. One who embraces it must be prepared to deny some common-sense intuitions about human beings (that they die and cease to exist, for example) and embrace some pretty radical claims (that the physical simples that compose human bodies have a capacity for fissioning, for example). Still, I contend that it is a logically coherent view and that it, or something very much like it, might even turn out to be true. </ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>Section III: Does <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">Life After Death</A><SUP>3</SUP> Require Dualism<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P6207_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6207_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Taken from <a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6195.htm">Corcoran (Kevin) - Soul, Body and Survival: Introduction - Soul or Body?</A>", p. 9. <a name="On-Page_Link_P6207_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6207_2"><B>Footnote 2</B></A></U>: The assumptions recorded in <a name="3"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6206.htm">Merricks (Trenton) - How to Live Forever Without Saving Your Soul: Physicalism and Immortality</A>", that Merricks denies, namely:- <ol type="1"><li>The thesis that there are criteria of personal identity over time which rule out the possibility of temporal gaps in a person's existence, and </li><li>The thesis that temporal gaps of the sort required for resurrection are just impossible.</li></ol> <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="2018-08-02T06:43" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:43:31</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>