<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Corpses (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_17/PaperSummary_17799.htm">Thesis - Corpses</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/T/Author_Todman (Theo).htm">Todman (Theo)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: </th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17799.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_65.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><ul type="disc"><li>This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note '<a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_65.htm">Corpses</A><SUP>1</SUP>' during my Thesis research, as from 2011. </li><li>For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above. </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><hr><br><B><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17799_2">Write-up</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17799_2"></A></u> (as at 07/02/2018 19:42:14): Corpses</B><BR><br><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17799_3">Plug Note</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17799_3"></A></u><ol type="1"><li><b>The  Corpse Problem </b><ul type="disc"><li>Corpses are <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_112.htm">troublesome</A><SUP>4</SUP> for <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>5</SUP>, which alleges (correctly in my view) that corpses are not animals. </li><li>The claim is that, at <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_67.htm">death</A><SUP>6</SUP>, something ontologically new comes on the scene  because a corpse has different <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_90.htm">persistence</A><SUP>7</SUP> <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_91.htm">conditions</A><SUP>8</SUP> (those of <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_765.htm">masses of matter</A><SUP>9</SUP>) to those of <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_113.htm">organisms</A><SUP>10</SUP>. </li><li>Some philosophers  eg. <a name="25"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/F/Author_Feldman (Fred).htm">Fred Feldman</A>, in <a name="14"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4008.htm">Feldman (Fred) - The Survival of Death</A>"  disagree. Feldman claims that we survive death, but  rather disappointingly  as a corpse, which solves the  corpse problem , but at the cost  most likely  of saying that we are <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_18.htm">bodies</A><SUP>11</SUP> rather than organisms. </li><li>The problem if we don t survive death as our corpses  it is said  is to answer the question where the corpse comes from, and to answer the objection that if it was there all along  as a  corpse-to-be  then we have a situation where we have two things of different sorts in the same place at the same time. </li><li>If this is taken seriously, then it can be used against the <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17799_12">form</A></U><SUB>12</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17799_12"></A> of the animalism s  <a name="10"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_872.htm">too many thinkers</A><SUP>13</SUP> argument. </li></ul></li><li><b>Resurrection</b><ul type="disc"><li>Corpses are probably also important for most <a name="11"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1136.htm">Christian materialists</A><SUP>14</SUP> who hope for some form of <a name="12"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_97.htm">resurrection</A><SUP>15</SUP>. </li><li>If there is a corpse to be resurrected, it is easier to see how identity is preserved than if we have total destruction. This is obviously so in the case of resuscitation, but even where we have a real case of death  not just clinical death, or brain death, but real death with a bit of mouldering  there is some physical thing that is responsible for preserving identity. </li></ul> </li><li>Works on this topic that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17799_16">I ve actually read</A></U><SUB>16</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17799_16"></A>, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17799_17">include</A></U><SUB>17</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17799_17"></A> the following:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="15"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7312.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - When Do Persons Begin and End?</A>", Baker</li><li><a name="16"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4008.htm">Feldman (Fred) - The Survival of Death</A>", Feldman</li><li><a name="17"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4536.htm">Hershenov (David) - Do Dead Bodies Pose a Problem for Biological Approaches to Personal Identity</A>", Hershenov</li><li><a name="18"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5102.htm">Mackie (David) - Personal Identity and Dead People</A>", Mackie</li><li><a name="19"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_18/Abstract_18989.htm">Olson (Eric) - Immanent Causation and Life After Death</A>", Olson</li><li><a name="20"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_18/Abstract_18995.htm">Olson (Eric) - The Person and the Corpse</A>", Olson</li><li><a name="21"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5138.htm">Wilson (Jack) - Beyond Horses and Oak Trees: A New Theory of Individuation for Living Entities</A>", Wilson<BR></ol></li><li>A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="22"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21923.htm">Hershenov (David) - Death, Persons, and Sparse Ontologies: The Problem of Too Many Dying Thinkers</A>", Hershenov</li><li><a name="23"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23242.htm">LaPorte (Joseph) - On Two Reasons for Denying That Bodies Can Outlast Life</A>", LaPorte</li><li><a name="24"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21097.htm">Hershenov (David) - Organisms and their Bodies: Response to LaPorte</A>", Hershenov<BR></ol></li><li>This is mostly a <a name="13"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_737.htm">place-holder</A><SUP>18</SUP>. </li></ol><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P17799_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17799_2"><B>Footnote 2</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (07/02/2018 19:42:14). </li><li><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_65.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17799_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17799_3"><B>Footnote 3</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>A number of my philosophical Notes are  promissory notes currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned. </li><li>I ve decided to add some text  whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive  for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.</li><li>As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance. </li><li>The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17799_12"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17799_12"><B>Footnote 12</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I m willing to accept that the  thinking animal argument is unsound. </li><li>However, just how the analogy would work for the  corpse-to-be needs to be spelled out. </li><li>The corpse has the persistence conditions of a mass of matter. What are the persistence conditions of the  corpse-to-be ? If they are those of an organism, then then the corpse-to-be cannot be the same individual as the corpse. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P17799_16"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17799_16"><B>Footnote 16</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Frequently I ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note. </li><li>In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time. </li><li>In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course. </li><li>My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17799_17"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17799_17"><B>Footnote 17</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I may have read others in between updates of this Note  in which case they will be marked as such in the  References and Reading List below.</li><li>Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected. </li></ul> <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></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="2018-08-13T13:19" pubdate>13/08/2018 13:19:46</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>