The compatibility of materialism and survival

The "Falling elevator" model

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Abstract

It is not easy to be a materialist and yet believe that there is a way for human beings to survive death. 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. I offer a proposal, consistent with van Inwagen's own materialist metaphysics, for making materialism compatible with the possibility of survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-212
Number of pages19
JournalFaith and Philosophy
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1999

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Materialism
Materialist
Compatibility
Peter Van Inwagen
Metaphysics
Human Being
Living Body
Causal

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  • Religious studies

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