<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Davis (Stephen T.) - Physicalism and Resurrection (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_6209.htm">Physicalism and Resurrection</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/D/Author_Davis (Stephen T.).htm">Davis (Stephen T.)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Corcoran - Soul, Body and Survival, Chapter 14</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_6209.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperCitings_6209.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PapersToNotes_6209.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_P6209_1">Summary</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6209_1"></A></u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>In the final <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P6209_2">essay</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6209_2"></A>, "Physicalism and Resurrection," Stephen Davis provides an assessment of both the philosophical and theological discussion of the nature of human persons and the prospect of survival. He disagrees with the claim made by <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P6209_3">Merricks</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6209_3"></A> that a rejection of "criterialism" declaws a major class of objections to resurrection. Davis argues that criterion- based objections can be reformulated in <em>non</em>-criterion-based ways. If so, then according to Davis, Merricks's rejection of criterialism does not advance the debate about the possibility of resurrection at all. </li><li>Davis also argues against a claim I make in <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P6209_4">my</A></U><SUB>4</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6209_4"></A> essay. I argue that there are plausible reasons a theist might have for believing that it is <em>impossible</em> for there ever to be multiple candidates for identity with oneself in the <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">afterlife</A><SUP>5</SUP>. Davis disagrees. At the same time, however, he wants to maintain what seems to contradict this, namely, the plausible assertion that identity is a relation that each thing<em> necessarily</em> stands in to itself. Davis makes a valiant attempt to reconcile two seemingly contradictory claims, and it is left to the reader to judge whether or not Davis succeeds. In the end Davis contends that although he himself has given up physicalism about persons in favor of dualism, physicalism about persons and the doctrine of resurrection are compatible. </li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>Section III: Does <a name="2"></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_P6209_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6209_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Taken from <a name="3"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6195.htm">Corcoran (Kevin) - Soul, Body and Survival: Introduction - Soul or Body?</A>", p. 10. <a name="On-Page_Link_P6209_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6209_2"><B>Footnote 2</B></A></U>: Of <a name="6"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1383.htm">Corcoran (Kevin), Ed. - Soul, Body and Survival: Essays on the Metaphysics of Human Persons</A>". <a name="On-Page_Link_P6209_3"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6209_3"><B>Footnote 3</B></A></U>: In <a name="4"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6206.htm">Merricks (Trenton) - How to Live Forever Without Saving Your Soul: Physicalism and Immortality</A>". <a name="On-Page_Link_P6209_4"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6209_4"><B>Footnote 4</B></A></U>: Ie. <a name="5"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6207.htm">Corcoran (Kevin) - Physical Persons and Postmortem Survival Without Temporal Gaps</A>". <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="2018-08-02T06:43" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:43:34</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>