Survival and Disembodied Existence
Penelhum (Terence)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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  1. The book examines the conceptual difficulties that are raised by the belief that all, or some, persons survive death.
  2. Two versions of the belief are considered:
    • the belief in disembodied1 personal survival, and
    • the belief in bodily resurrection.
    In each case, two questions are raised:
    • Can we give intelligible content to supposed accounts of the form of life such a survivor might lead ?
    • Can we give intelligible content to the claim that such a being is identical with one of ourselves ?
  3. The author argues that it is only with regard to the second question that intractable difficulties of logic arise, but he suggests that these difficulties defeat the belief in disembodied2 survival altogether, thus leaving the belief in bodily resurrection with a very puzzling status.
  4. In the course of the argument the themes of disembodied3 perception, spirit agency, and reincarnation4 are discussed, and recent philosophical discussions of some of the puzzles of personal identity are considered.
  5. ‘This is an excellent short study of the problem of personal identity and its implications for survival of bodily death, either in disembodied5 form or by resurrection of the body. Its arguments are always incisive and in some cases, I believe, decisive.'
    … Roland Puccetti, Philosophical Quarterly
  6. The Author: Terence Penelhum received his MA degree in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, and was Campbell Fraser Scholar at Oriel College, Oxford, where he received his BPhil in 1952. After a year as English-Speaking Union Visiting Fellow at Yale, he taught at the University of Alberta. He (was subsequently) Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary, where he was formerly Dean of Arts and Science.



"Penelhum (Terence) - Survival and Disembodied Existence: Preliminaries"

Source: Penelhum - Survival and Disembodied Existence, 1970, Chapter 1



"Penelhum (Terence) - Disembodied Existence and Perception"

Source: Penelhum - Survival and Disembodied Existence, 1970, Chapter 2



"Penelhum (Terence) - Disembodied Agency"

Source: Penelhum - Survival and Disembodied Existence, 1970, Chapter 3



"Penelhum (Terence) - The Next World"

Source: Penelhum - Survival and Disembodied Existence, 1970, Chapter 4



"Penelhum (Terence) - Memory and Personal Identity"

Source: Penelhum - Survival and Disembodied Existence, 1970, Chapter 5



"Penelhum (Terence) - Incorporeal Identity"

Source: Penelhum - Survival and Disembodied Existence, 1970, Chapter 6



"Penelhum (Terence) - 'Bodily Transfer'"

Source: Penelhum - Survival and Disembodied Existence, 1970, Chapter 7



"Penelhum (Terence) - 'Reincarnation'"

Source: Penelhum - Survival and Disembodied Existence, 1970, Chapter 8



"Penelhum (Terence) - Resurrection"

Source: Penelhum - Survival and Disembodied Existence, 1970, Chapter 9



"Penelhum (Terence) - Survival and Disembodied Existence: A Heretical Postscript"

Source: Penelhum - Survival and Disembodied Existence, 1970, Chapter 10



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