Physical Persons and Postmortem Survival Without Temporal Gaps
Corcoran (Kevin)
Source: Corcoran - Soul, Body and Survival, Chapter 12
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Summary1

    In my essay, "Physical Persons and Postmortem Survival without Temporal Gaps," I assume that human persons are wholly physical and that human bodies cannot enjoy temporally gappy existence. I then offer a view of postmortem survival that is consistent with both of these theses2, a view that does not require one to deny the plausible assumption that if x is a physical object is essentially 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.

Comment:

Section III: Does Life After Death3 Require Dualism



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: Taken from "Corcoran (Kevin) - Soul, Body and Survival: Introduction - Soul or Body?", p. 9.

Footnote 2: The assumptions recorded in "Merricks (Trenton) - How to Live Forever Without Saving Your Soul: Physicalism and Immortality", that Merricks denies, namely:-
  1. 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
  2. The thesis that temporal gaps of the sort required for resurrection are just impossible.

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