This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Resurrection' during my Thesis research, as from 2011. Click here for Note.
Write-up1 (as at 02/03/2018 17:54:14): Resurrection
- This is a sub-topic of Life after death3, the others being:-
→ Immortality4, and
To these historical options we can now add the various hopes of:-
- This topic – the subject of the projected 11th Chapter7 of my Thesis8 – will add interest, though hopefully some of the Islamist topicality will have gone by the time my Thesis is presented.
- As the motivation for this discussion is partly the occasionally pernicious effects of a belief in a resurrection to paradise, the metaphysical possibility of the resurrection of beings like us is very important. It is also important to millions of non-explosive Americans.
- The Thesis will aim to prove that resurrection requires substance dualism.
- I will need to ensure I understand just what is believed by intellectually-respectable Christians and Muslims (though the topical believers are not amongst the ranks of the intellectually-respectable).
- Some discussion will be had about the orthodox Christian view being that there is no continuity of matter (the conundrum about the person consumed by cannibals was early recognised), and that the resurrection body is said to be in some sense a “spiritual” body.
- A good place to start for an understanding of what resurrection meant to Christians prior to the modern era is "Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200 - 1336".
- As for the worries of contemporary Christian philosophers, the best place for evaluating contemporary Christian philosophical views on the metaphysical possibility of resurrection is "Gasser (Georg), Ed. - Personal Identity and Resurrection: How Do We Survive Our Death?".
- One thing that strikes me is that the resurrection of Christ, taken to be the guarantee of our own resurrection, is no such thing in the sense of “showing it can be done”. The physical and metaphysical issues in resurrecting Jesus (or Lazarus, or Jairus’s daughter, or any recently-deceased person whose body is substantially intact) are much less than in the case of those whose bodies have been destroyed. Indeed, it might one day be possible to resurrect the recently-deceased by way of microscopic repair; at least this seems conceivable, whereas the resurrection of a human being whose body has become dispersed and whose parts have been recycled doesn’t even seem to make sense (on a materialist account of what we human persons are).
- I have some other notes on this and related topics as part of Philosophy of Religion9 and my Blog10:-
→ 1 Corinthians: 1511
→ Death and Eternal Life12,
→ Resurrection13, and
→ Resurrection (Metaphysics)14.
- Currently, the categorised reading-list below includes a host of Biblical or theological discussions of resurrection of very variable quality which are irrelevant to my philosophical concerns.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read15, include16 the following:-
- Resurrection - Purely Philosophical:
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Material Persons and the Doctrine of Resurrection", Baker
- "Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity: Preface + Introduction - Seed Images, Ancient and Modern", Bynum
- "Carruthers (Peter) - After-Life for Materialists", Carruthers
- "Carruthers (Peter) - After-Life for Physicalists", Carruthers
- "Chappell (Sophie Grace), Chappell (Tim) - Seeds: On Personal Identity and the Resurrection", Chappell
- "Day (Allan) & Martin (L. Michael) - Debate: Is It Rational for Christians to Believe in the Resurrection?", Day & Martin
- "Gasser (Georg) - Personal Identity and Resurrection: Introduction", Gasser
- "Hudson (Hud) - Multiple Location and Single Location Resurrection", Hudson
- "Loose (Jonathan) - Constitution and the Falling Elevator", Loose
- "Olson (Eric) - Immanent Causation and Life After Death", Olson
- "Olson (Eric) - Life After Death and the Devastation of the Grave", Olson
- "Perry (John) - A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality", Perry
- "Price (H.H.) - Motives for disbelief in life after death", Price
- "Price (H.H.) - The post-Resurrection appearances", Price
- "Price (H.H.) - Two conceptions of the Next World", Price
- "Russell (Bertrand) - Do We Survive Death?", Russell
- "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Immortality", Shoemaker
- "Singh (Yii-Jan) - Semen, Philosophy, and Paul", Singh
- "Thomas (Janice L.) - What matters for survival and the logical possibility of resurrection", Thomas
- "Van Inwagen (Peter) - I Look for the Resurrection of the Dead and the Life of the World to Come", Van Inwagen
- "Zimmerman (Dean) - Bodily Resurrection: The Falling Elevator Model Revisited", Zimmerman
- "Zimmerman (Dean) - Can We Survive Our Death?", Zimmerman
- Resurrection - Religio-Philosophical:
- "Bullinger (E.W.) - The Resurrection of the Body", Bullinger
- "Ozanne (Charles) - If there is no resurrection of the dead … What then? An exposition of 1 Corinthians 15", Ozanne
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- Resurrection - Purely Philosophical:
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and the Metaphysics of Resurrection", Baker
- "Braude (Stephen) - Personal Identity and Post-Mortem Survival", Braude
- "Davis (Stephen T.) - Physicalism and Resurrection", Davis
- "Drange (Theodore M.) - The Pluralizability Objection to a New-Body Afterlife", Drange
- "Gasser (Georg), Ed. - Personal Identity and Resurrection: How Do We Survive Our Death?", Gasser
- "Hershenov (David) - Van Inwagen, Zimmerman, and the Materialist Conception of Resurrection", Hershenov
- "Hershenov (David) - The Metaphysical Problem of Intermittent Existence and the Possibility of Resurrection", Hershenov
- "Hudson (Hud) - Nothing But Dust and Ashes", Hudson
- "Martin (L. Michael) & Augustine (Keith) - The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death", Martin & Augustine
- "Merricks (Trenton) - The Resurrection of the Body", Merricks
- "Olding (A.) - Resurrection Bodies and Resurrection Worlds", Olding
- "Penelhum (Terence) - Resurrection", Penelhum
- "Perrett (Roy W.) - Death and Immortality", Perrett
- "Peters (Ted) - Resurrection of the Very Embodied Soul?", Peters
- "Puccetti (Roland) - The Conquest of Death", Puccetti
- "Strickland (Lloyd) - The doctrine of 'the resurrection of the same body' in early modern thought", Strickland
- "Swinburne (Richard) - The Possibility of Life after Death", Swinburne
- "Tipler (Frank) - The Physics of Immortality: Modern Cosmology, God and the Resurrection of the Dead", Tippler
- "van Dyke (Christina) - Human Identity, Immanent Causal Relations, and the Principle of Non-Repeatability: Thomas Aquinas on the Bodily Resurrection", van Dyke
- "Van Inwagen (Peter) - The Possibility of Resurrection", van Inwagen
- "Zimmerman (Dean) - Personal Identity and the Survival of Death", Zimmerman
- "Zimmerman (Dean) - The Compatibility of Materialism and Survival: The “Falling Elevator” Model", Zimmerman
- Resurrection - Religio-Philosophical:
- "Alter (Michael J.) - The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry", Alter
- "Anders (Paul C.) - Material Being and the Survival of Death: A Dilemma for the Religiously Oriented Materialist", Anders
- "Bacchiocchi (Samuele) - Immortality or Resurrection? A Biblical Study Human Nature and Destiny", Bacchiocchi
- "Badham (Paul) & Badham (Linda) - The Meaning of Resurrection, Immortality and Eternal Life", Badham
- "Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200 - 1336", Bynum
- "Corcoran (Kevin) - I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body and the Life of the World to Come", Corcoran
- "Cullmann (Oscar) - Immortality of the Soul or Resurrection of the Dead?", Cullmann
- "Gillman (Neil) - The Death Of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought", Gillman
- "Hick (John) - The Doctrine of the Resurrection of the Body Reconsidered", Hick
- "Hick (John) - The Recreation of the Psycho-Physical Person", Hick
- "Ozanne (Charles) - The Life and Soul of Mortal Man: His Composition, Disintegration, and Resurrection", Ozanne
- "Steinhart (Eric) - The Revision Theory of Resurrection", Steinhart
- "Vasalou (Sofia) - Personal identity across temporal gaps: an Islamic view of the problem", Vasalou
- "Wright (N.T.) - Can a Scientist Believe in the Resurrection?", Wright
- "Wright (N.T.) - The Resurrection of the Son of God", Wright
- "Wyatt (John) - Matters of Life and Death", Wyatt
- This is mostly a place-holder17.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (02/03/2018 17:54:14).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- 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.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- 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.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- 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.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
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