<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Drange (Theodore M.) - Conceptual Problems Confronting a Totally Disembodied Afterlife (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_20/PaperSummary_20672.htm">Conceptual Problems Confronting a Totally Disembodied Afterlife</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/D/Author_Drange (Theodore M.).htm">Drange (Theodore M.)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Martin & Augustine - The Myth of an Afterlife, Part 2, Chapter 12</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20672.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PapersToNotes_20672.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Editors <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20672_1">Abstract</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20672_1"></A></U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">This paper presents and defends an argument for the conclusion that a personal <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">afterlife</A><SUP>2</SUP> in the absence of any sort of body at all is not conceptually possible. The main idea behind the argument is that there would be no way for the identities of people in a bodiless state to be established, either by others or by themselves. The argument raises a significant challenge to explaining just how someone in a totally <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_69.htm">disembodied</A><SUP>3</SUP> <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">afterlife</A><SUP>4</SUP> could ever be identified  a challenge that has yet to be met. </ol> </FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P20672_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20672_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Taken from <a name="W2478W"></a><A HREF = "https://philpapers.org/rec/DRACPC" TARGET = "_top">Link</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="2018-08-02T09:23" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:23:26</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>