The Compatibility of Materialism and Survival: The “Falling Elevator” Model
Zimmerman (Dean)
Source: Faith and Philosophy, Vol 16, Issue 2, April 1999, pp 194-212
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Author’s Introduction

  1. It is not easy to be a materialist and yet believe that there is a way for human beings to survive death.
  2. Peter van Inwagen identifies the central obstacle the materialist faces: Namely, the need to posit appropriate “immanent-causal” connections between my body as it is at death and some living body elsewhere or elsewhen.
  3. I offer a proposal, consistent with van Inwagen’s own materialist metaphysics, for making materialism compatible with the possibility of survival.

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