Persons and Life After Death
Lewis (Hywel David)
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  1. Persons and Life after Death contains essays by Hywel Lewis in furtherance of the themes of his The Elusive Mind and The Self and Immortality. The author maintains that some point is reached, in philosophy as in other thinking, where we must simply affirm that 'this is how things seem to be'. There is 'a way of looking' to be cultivated where argument stops, and wise men from Plato to Wittgenstein have stressed this in their different ways. It is in handling this that the main philosophical mistakes are made, and it is just here, according to the author, that great philosophical sensitivity is needed. We can thereby combine caution with clear affirmation.
  2. The book includes the Drew Lecture and papers requested for various international conferences and seminars, but along with them will be found an extended broadcast discussion with Professor Bernard Williams and Anthony Quinton and the papers of Professors Antony Flew and Sydney Shoemaker at various symposia in which they participated with the author. This presentation of sharply contrasted views should add much to the value of the book for teaching purposes.
  3. In the closing chapter there is a more personal statement of the way the author understands his commitment to the Christian faith today.


Barnes & Noble, New York, 1978

"Lewis (Hywel David) - Persons and Life After Death: Preface"

Source: Lewis (Hywel David) - Persons and Life After Death

Author’s Introduction1
  1. This book contains papers which I gave on various occasions on themes related to my earlier book The Self and Immortality. It can be regarded as a sequel to that book and The Elusive Mind.
  2. Some of the papers were prepared for talks and symposia in which I was asked to participate, and it would have been pointless to include them without the contributions of the other speakers ... The presentation of some sharply contrasted views will, I hope, be appreciated by those who read this book.

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  • The bulk of the text has been used to provide introductions to the relevant papers.

"Lewis (Hywel David) - Realism and Metaphysics"

Source: Lewis (Hywel David) - Persons and Life After Death, Chapter 1

  1. [This] paper was prepared for the meeting of the International Society for Metaphysics at Varna, Bulgaria, in 1973 and subsequently published in Idealistic Studies, Vol. 4, No. 3, in September 1974.

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"Lewis (Hywel David) - Ultimates and a Way of Looking"

Source: Lewis (Hywel David) - Persons and Life After Death, Chapter 2

  1. The theme of "Lewis (Hywel David) - Realism and Metaphysics" is extended in this, my contribution to the Oxford International Symposium organised by the late Professor Gilbert Ryle with the assistance of Dr P. W. Kent and published in the volume of the proceedings edited by Professor Ryle under the title Contemporary Aspects of Philosophy, Oriel Press.

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"Lewis (Hywel David) - Religion and the Paranormal"

Source: Lewis (Hywel David) - Persons and Life After Death, Chapter 3

  1. [This is] my own contribution to the volume Philosophy and Psychical Research, edited by Professor Shivesh C. Thakur and published by Allen and Unwin in 1976.

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"Lewis (Hywel David), Williams (Bernard) & Quinton (Anthony) - Life After Death: A Discussion"

Source: Lewis (Hywel David) - Persons and Life After Death, Chapter 4

  1. [This records] the discussion between Professor Bernard Williams and myself, with Mr Anthony Quinton in the Chair, on B.B.C. Radio 3 soon after the publication of The Self and Immortality.
  2. Part of this was published in The Listener on 9 August 1975.

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"Lewis (Hywel David) - Survival: Part 1"

Source: Lewis (Hywel David) - Persons and Life After Death, Chapter 5

  1. Symposium on the subject of 'Survival', conducted by Professor Antony Flew and myself at the Joint Session of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society at Canterbury in 1975 and published in the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume XLIX.


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"Flew (Anthony) - Survival: Part 2"

  • Lewis (Hywel David) - Persons and Life After Death, Chapter 5
  • The Aristotelian Society: Supplementary Volume, 1975, 231-247

"Shoemaker (Sydney) - Immortality and Dualism"

Source: Shoemaker - Identity, Cause and Mind


"Lewis (Hywel David) - Immortality and Dualism: Part 2"

Source: Lewis (Hywel David) - Persons and Life After Death, Chapter 6

  1. Symposium: a discussion of 'Immortality and Dualism' between Professor Sydney Shoemaker and myself at the Conference on Reason and Religion arranged at Lancaster by the Royal Institute of Philosophy and included in the volume of conference papers edited by Mr Stuart Brown and published, under the title Reason and Religion, by the Cornell University Press in 1977.

COMMENT: Response to "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Immortality and Dualism".

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"Lewis (Hywel David) - The Belief in Life After Death"

Source: Lewis (Hywel David) - Persons and Life After Death, Chapter 7

  1. My Drew Memorial Lecture on Immortality, 'the Belief in Life after Death', delivered in London in 1973 and published in the volume of essays in honour of Professor Peter Bertocci edited by Professors John Howie and Thomas O. Buford with the title Contemporary Studies in Philosophical Idealism, Claud Stark and Co. 1975.

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"Lewis (Hywel David) - The Person of Christ"

Source: Lewis (Hywel David) - Persons and Life After Death, Chapter 8

Author’s Introduction1
  1. This concluding essay is an amplification of an address given in Welsh at the General Assembly Meeting of the Presbyterian Church of Wales in 1972 and originally printed in Welsh in Y Traethodydd, September 1976. It was intended for a more general audience than the other papers and the mode of presentation is inevitably a little different. But I was anxious to include the address in this volume for various reasons.
  2. At the close of the Drew Lecture ("Lewis (Hywel David) - The Belief in Life After Death") I indicated that the main positive reasons for our expectation of a future life must be religious ones, and the distinctively Christian hope of life after death is bound up essentially with the central theme of the Christian faith about the role of Jesus as the medium of the ultimate sanctified relationship we may all expect to have with God. If there is substance in this claim, which seems to me central to the New Testament and the main course of Christian experience, it would be odd, to say the least, to suppose that the fellowship established by this peculiar outpouring of a 'love so amazing, so divine' could be thought to be anything other than abiding. The view has been advanced by some leading theologians and Churchmen today that eternal life consists wholly of some quality of our present existence or of some place we may have in God's memory of us. The attractiveness of the latter view, to balanced and reflective leaders of religion, seems to me to be one of the most extraordinary indications of the poverty of religious sensitivity and understanding today. An Unmoved Mover may find satisfaction in contemplation of his own perfection. Will this, or the enrichment of his own memories, meet the case of the God whom we meet in Jesus 'in the form of a servant' 'obedient unto death'? We may not all understand 'the price that was paid' in the same way, but it is hard to think of it, in any proper Christian context, as anything other than a price that was paid 'for me' and we need not sentimentalise that to make it significant.
  3. The reluctance of many of our contemporaries to recognise this comes about, I suspect, from an excessive eagerness to concede the claims of fashionable views today about the essentially corporeal nature of persons. Yet, oddly, the theologians who take this course continue, so it seems at least, to think of God as an essentially spiritual being.
  4. A further consideration that weighed with me was the necessity for those who do have some form of religious commitment not to keep it in some isolated compartment of their thought. Precious it may be, but, if it is worth adhering to, it must be capable of appropriate presentation in the context of our other thoughts; and as the traditional Christian claims about 'the Person of Jesus' present accentuated difficulty for those, like myself, who stress the finality of the distinctiveness of persons, it seemed proper to present, at least in outline, the way I myself approach these questions and view the distinctively Christian claims which seem indispensable for any peculiarly Christian hope of eternal life.

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