- Imagine three trapeze artists at the circus. The man on the left has a firm hold on his partner. As he swings her toward the center of the tent the man on the right swings in to receive the woman. The audience is in suspense as they await the hand-off. For a moment the woman flies through the air with no visible means of support. Her life is suspended in mid-air. Were the man on the right not in position to receive the woman she would fall to her death.
- Suppose the trapeze artist on the left represents life, and the man on the right represents after-life1. Were the man on the left not to release his partner until she was firmly in the grasp of the man on the right, they would complete a seamless hand-off. The hand-off would occur without allowing the woman to slip into free fall.
- Some non-Cartesian philosophers like Peter Van Inwagen and Kevin Corcoran have given a seamless account of the passage from life to after-life2. Seamless solutions require that there be no spatial or temporal gap between life and after-life3.
- In this essay I shall challenge the notion that seamless accounts offer the most adequate description of post-mortem survival4. I want to suggest that post-mortem survival5 is not necessarily gapless survival6.
- Only after I have examined the assumptions made in materialists’ accounts shall I suggest an alternative. The type of survival I shall argue for shall be more analogous to a hand-off where the person must enter and exit a free-fall state.
For the paper, see Link (Defunct).
Footnote 6: I suppose there may be some exceptional cases where survival would be seamless, but I take it to be the case that most cases of survival are cases where the individual must transcend some spatial or temporal gap.
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