|Source: Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, 2005-10|
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Human beings, like all other organic creatures, die and their bodies decay. Nevertheless, there is a widespread and long-standing belief that in some way death is survivable, that there is “life after death1.” The focus in this article is on the possibility that the individual who dies will somehow continue to live, or will resume life at a later time, and not on the specific forms such an afterlife2 might take. We begin by considering the logical possibility of survival, given different metaphysical views concerning the nature of the mind/soul, and then move on to consider possible arguments for and against the belief in survival.
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First published Mon Dec 26, 2005; substantive revision Tue Jul 6, 2010; see Stanford Archive: Afterlife.
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