|Physical Persons and Postmortem Survival Without Temporal Gaps|
|Source: Corcoran - Soul, Body and Survival, Chapter 12|
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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.
Section III: Does Life After Death3 Require Dualism
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:-
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