- Corruptionism is the view that following physical death, the human being ceases to exist (until Resurrection) but their soul persists in the afterlife1.
- Survivalism holds that both the human being and their soul persist in the afterlife2, as distinct entities, with the soul constituting the human.
- Each position has its defenders, most of whom appeal both to metaphysical considerations and to the authority of St Thomas Aquinas. Corruptionists claim that survivalism violates a basic principle of any plausible mereology, while survivalists tend to reject the principle, though without as much detail as one would like.
- In this paper I examine both the key exegetical issues and the mereological question, arguing
- that Aquinas cannot be shown to have supported the principle in question, and
- that the principle should be rejected on independent grounds.
- If correct, some key planks in support of survivalism are established, with others to await further examination.
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