9781573921305

Immortality

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    9781573921305

  • ISBN10:

    1573921300

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1997-04-01
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books

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Summary

Is there life after death or do we simply cease to exist? Renowned scholar Paul Edwards has compiled Immortality, a superb group of philosophical selections featuring the work of both classical and contemporary authors who address the topics of immortality, soul and body, transmigration, materialism, epiphenomenalism, physical research and parapsychology, reincarnation, disembodied existence, and much more. In addition to a 70-page editorial introduction offering an in-depth discussion of the forms which belief in immortality has taken, this volume includes selections from Thomas Aquinas, A.J. Ayer, Paul and Linda Badham, John Beloff, C.D. Broad, Joseph Butler, Rene Descartes, C.J. Ducasse, Paul Edwards, Hugh Elliot, Antony Flew, John Foster, Peter Geach, John Hick, John Hospers, David Hume, William James, Raynor Johnson, Immanuel Kant, John Locke, Lucretius, Donald MacKay, John Stuart Mill, Derek Parfit, Plato, H.H. Price, Joseph Priestley, Thomas Reid, Tertullian, Peter van Inwagen, and Voltaire.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(72)
Plato
1. The Release of the Soul from the Chains of the Body
73(10)
Lucretius
2. The Mind and the Spirit Will Die
83(5)
Tertullian
3. The Refutation of the Pythagorean Doctrine of Transmigration
88(3)
St. Thomas Aquinas
4. The Resurrection of Man
91(9)
Rene Descartes
5. The Incorporeal Soul and Its Body
100(9)
John Locke
6. Personal Identity, Consciousness and the Immaterial Substance
109(12)
Joseph Butler
7. Of a Future Life
121(9)
David Hume
8. Of Personal Identity
130(4)
David Hume
9. Of the Immortality of the Soul
134(7)
Voltaire
10. The Soul, Identity and Immortality
141(7)
Thomas Reid
11. Of the Nature and Origin of Our Notion of Personal Identity
148(7)
Immanuel Kant
12. Refutation of Mendelssohn's Proof of the Permanence of the Soul
155(2)
Joseph Priestley
13. Materialism, Personal Identity and Life
157(15)
John Stuart Mill
14. Immortality
172(5)
William James
15. The Theory of the Soul
177(7)
Hugh Elliot
16. Tantalus
184(2)
John Foster
17. The Objections to Epiphenomenalism
186(2)
Raynor Johnson
18. Preexistence, Reincarnation and Karma
188(6)
C. J. Ducasse
19. Survival As Transmigration
194(6)
Paul Edwards
20. Karmic Tribulations
200(13)
H. H. Price
21. What Kind of Next World?
213(7)
Antony Flew
22. The Cartesian Assumption
220(5)
Peter Geach
23. Immortality
225(10)
John Hick
24. The Recreation of the Psycho-Physical Person
235(7)
Peter van Inwagen
25. The Possibility of Resurrection
242(5)
Donald MacKay
26. Computer Software and Life After Death
247(3)
Paul
Linda Badham
27. The Evidence from Psychical Research
250(9)
John Beloff
28. Is There Anything Beyond Death? A Parapsychologist's Summation
259(10)
A. J. Ayer
29. What I Saw When I Was Dead
269(7)
C. D. Broad
30. On Survival without a Body
276(3)
John Hospers
31. Is the Notion of Disembodied Existence Intelligible?
279(3)
William James
32. Consciousness, the Brain and Immortality
282(10)
Paul Edwards
33. The Dependence of Consciousness on the Brain
292(16)
Derek Parfit
34. Divided Minds and the Nature of Persons
308(8)
Bibliographical Essay 316

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