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  1. Natural Immortality (1998). Has Speculative Metaphysics a Future? TL SPRIGGE. The Monist 81 (4).score: 30.0
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  2. Dr Derek Gatherer (1998). Meme Pools, World 3 and Averroes' Vision of Immortality. Gatherer, Dr Derek (1998) Meme Pools, World 3 and Averroes’ Vision of Immortality. [Journal (Paginated)] 33 (2):203-219.score: 21.0
    Dawkins’ concept of the meme pool, essentially equivalent to Popper’s World 3, is considered as an expression in modern terms for what Averroes knew as the ‘active intellect’, an immortal entity feeding into, or even creating, the ‘passive intellect’ of consciousness. A means is thus provided for reconciling a materialist Darwinian view of the universe with a conception of non-personal immortality. The meme pool/active intellect correspondence provides a strong basis for regarding science as a communal enterprise producing enrichment of (...)
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  3. Brendan Shea (2009). To Bite or Not to Bite: Twilight, Immortality, and the Meaning of Life. In Rebecca Housel & J. Jeremy Wisnewski (eds.), Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality. Wiley Blackwell. 79-93.score: 21.0
    Over the course of the Twilight series, Bella strives to and eventually succeeds in convincing Edward to turn her into a vampire. Her stated reason for this is that it will allow her to be with Edward forever. In this essay, I will consider whether this type of immortality is something that would be good for Bella, or indeed for any of us. I will begin by suggesting that Bella's own viewpoint is consonant with that of Tolstoy (1996), who (...)
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  4. Aaron Smuts (2011). Immortality and Significance. Philosophy and Literature 35 (1):134-149.score: 18.0
    Although I reject his argument, I defend Bernard Williams’s claim that we would lose reason to go on if we were to live forever. Through a consideration of Borges’s story "The Immortal," I argue that immortality would be motivationally devastating, since our decisions would carry little weight, our achievements would be hollow victories of mere diligence, and the prospect of eternal frustration would haunt our every effort. An immortal life for those of limited ability will inevitably result in endless (...)
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  5. Aaron Smuts (2008). Wings of Desire: Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality. Film and Philosophy 13 (1):137-151.score: 18.0
    The question Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1987) forces us to answer is whether we too would be willing to renounce immortality? Or, to put it conversely, would we be wise to exchange our current mortal existence for immortality? If a state of senseless, inefficacious existence is undesirable, the question of the value of immortality becomes one of the conceivably of an alternative to the angels' form of existence. By contemplating the existence of the angels in Wings (...)
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  6. Lisa Bortolotti & Yujin Nagasawa (2009). Immortality Without Boredom. Ratio 22 (3):261-277.score: 18.0
    In this paper we address Bernard Williams' argument for the undesirability of immortality. Williams argues that unavoidable and pervasive boredom would characterise the immortal life of an individual with unchanging categorical desires. We resist this conclusion on the basis of the distinction between habitual and situational boredom and a psychologically realistic account of significant factors in the formation of boredom. We conclude that Williams has offered no persuasive argument for the necessity of boredom in the immortal life. 1.
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  7. John Martin Fischer (2006). Epicureanism About Death and Immortality. Journal of Ethics 10 (4):355 - 381.score: 18.0
    In this paper I discuss some of Martha Nussbaum’s defenses of Epicurean views about death and immortality. Here I seek to defend the commonsense view that death can be a bad thing for an individual against the Epicurean; I also defend the claim that immortality might conceivably be a good thing. In the development of my analysis, I make certain connections between the literatures on free will and death. The intersection of these two literatures can be illuminated by (...)
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  8. Ted M. Preston & Scott Dixon (2007). Who Wants to Live Forever? Immortality, Authenticity, and Living Forever in the Present. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 61 (2):99 - 117.score: 18.0
    Death is a bad thing by virtue of its ability to frustrate the subjectively valuable projects that shape our identities and render our lives meaningful. While the presumption that immortality would necessarily result in boredom worse than death proves unwarranted, if the constraint of mortality is a necessary element for virtues, relationships, and motivation to pursue our life-projects, then death might nevertheless be a necessary evil. Mortal or immortal, it’s clear that the value of one’s life depends on its (...)
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  9. A. W. Moore (2006). Williams, Nietzsche, and the Meaninglessness of Immortality. Mind 115 (458):311-330.score: 18.0
    In this essay I consider the argument that Bernard Williams advances in ‘The Makropolus Case’ for the meaninglessness of immortality. I also consider various counter-arguments. I suggest that the more clearly these counter-arguments are targeted at the spirit of Williams's argument, rather than at its letter, the less clearly they pose a threat to it. I then turn to Nietzsche, whose views about the eternal recurrence might appear to make him an opponent of Williams. I argue that, properly interpreted, (...)
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  10. Mikel Burley (2009). Immortality and Boredom: A Response to Wisnewski. [REVIEW] International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 65 (2):77 - 85.score: 18.0
    This article contributes to the ongoing debate initiated by Bernard Williams’ claim that, due to the non-contingent finitude of the categorical desires that give meaning to our lives, an immortal life would necessarily become intolerably boring. Jeremy Wisnewski has argued that even if immortality involves periods in which our categorical desires have been exhausted, this need not divest life of meaning since some categorical desires are revivable. I argue that careful reflection upon the thought-experiments adduced by Wisnewski reveals that (...)
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  11. John Leslie (2007). Immortality Defended. Blackwell Pub..score: 18.0
    Might we be parts of a divine mind? Could anything like an afterlife make sense? Starting with a Platonic answer to why the world exists, Immortality Defended suggests we could well be immortal in all of three separate ways. Tackles the fundamental questions posed by our very existence, among them ‘why does the cosmos exist?’, ‘is there a divine mind or God?’ and ‘in what sense might we have afterlives?’ Defends a belief in immortality, without the need for (...)
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  12. Tamara Monet Marks (2010). Kierkegaard's "New Argument" for Immortality. Journal of Religious Ethics 38 (1):143-186.score: 18.0
    This essay examines texts from Kierkegaard's signed and pseudonymous authorship on immortality and the resurrection, challenging the received opinion that Kierkegaard's account of eternal life merely connotes a temporal, existential modality of experience as a present eternity. Kierkegaard's thoughts on immortality are more complicated than this reading allows. I demonstrate that Kierkegaard's ideas on the afterlife emerge out of a context in which the topic had been vigorously debated in both Germany and Denmark for more than a decade. (...)
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  13. Olaf L. Müller, Consciousness Without Physical Basis. A Metaphysical Meditation on the Immortality of the Soul.score: 18.0
    Can we conceive of a mind without body? Does, for example, the idea of the soul's immortality make sense? Certain versions of materialism deny such questions; I shall try to prove that these versions of materialism cannot be right. They fail because they cannot account for the mental vocabulary from the language of brains in the vat. Envatted expressions such as "I think", "I believe", etc., do not have to be reinterpreted when we translate them to our language; they (...)
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  14. Joanna K. Forstrom (2010). John Locke and Personal Identity: Immortality and Bodily Resurrection in 17th-Century Philosophy. Continuum.score: 18.0
    Introduction -- John Locke and the problem of personal identity : the principium individuationis, personal immortality, and bodily resurrection -- On separation and immortality : Descartes and the nature of the soul -- On materialism and immortality or Hobbes' rejection of the natural argument for the immortality of the soul -- Henry More and John Locke on the dangers of materialism : immateriality, immortality, immorality, and identity -- Robert Boyle : on seeds, cannibalism, and the (...)
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  15. Patrick Horn (2012). D. Z. Phillips on Christian Immortality. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 71 (1):39-53.score: 18.0
    D. Z. Phillips is widely assumed to have held that Christian immortality has no reality outside of language. The author challenges that assumption, demonstrating that Phillips wished to show that contemporary analytic philosophy distorts the reality that immortality has for believers. While most philosophical accounts of Christian immortality depend upon terms that have little religious significance, Phillips offered accounts that stress the centrality of that significance. The author gives an account of the sort of philosophical attention that (...)
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  16. John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart (1916/1985). Human Immortality and Pre-Existence. Kraus Reprint.score: 18.0
    HUMAN IMMORTALITY AND PRE-EXISTENCE PART I HUMAN IMMORTALITY I do not propose to offer here any arguments in support of the positive assertion that men are ...
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  17. Shaun Nichols (2007). Imagination and Immortality: Thinking of Me. Synthese 159 (2):215 - 233.score: 18.0
    Recent work in developmental psychology indicates that children naturally think that psychological states continue after death. One important candidate explanation for why this belief is natural appeals to the idea that we believe in immortality because we can't imagine our own nonexistence. This paper explores this old idea. To begin, I present a qualified statement of the thesis that we can't imagine our own nonexistence. I argue that the most prominent explanation for this obstacle, Freud's, is problematic. I go (...)
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  18. K. Mitch Hodge (2011). Why Immortality Alone Will Not Get Me to the Afterlife. Philosophical Psychology 24 (3):395-410.score: 18.0
    Recent research in the cognitive science of religion suggests that humans intuitively believe that others survive death. In response to this finding, three cognitive theories have been offered to explain this: the simulation constraint theory (Bering, 2002); the imaginative obstacle theory (Nichols, 2007); and terror management theory (Pyszczynski, Rothschild, & Abdollahi, 2008). First, I provide a critical analysis of each of these theories. Second, I argue that these theories, while perhaps explaining why one would believe in his own personal (...), leave an explanatory gap in that they do not explain why one would intuitively attribute survival of death to others. To fill in the gap, I offer a cognitive theory based on offline social reasoning and social embodiment which provides for the belief in an eternal social realm in which the deceased survive—the afterlife. (shrink)
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  19. Eugene Fontinell (1986/2000). Self, God, and Immortality: A Jamesian Investigation. Fordham University Press.score: 18.0
    Can we who have been touched by the scientific, intellectual, and experimental revolutions of modern and contemporary times still believe with and degree of coherence and consistency that we as individual persons are immortal. Indeed, is there even good cause to hope that we are? In examining the present relationship of reason to faith, can we find justifying reasons for faith? These are the central questions in Self, God, and Immortality, a compelling exercise in philosophical theology. Drawing upon the (...)
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  20. Galia Patt-Shamir (2012). Filial Piety, Vital Power, and a Moral Sense of Immortality in Zhang Zai's Philosophy. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 11 (2):223-239.score: 18.0
    The present article focuses on Zhang Zai’s 張載 attitude toward death and its moral significance. It launches with the unusual link between the opening statement of the Western Inscription 西銘 regarding heaven and earth as parents and the conclusion that serving one’s cosmic parents during life, one is peaceful in death. Through the analogy of human relations with heaven and earth as filial piety (xiao 孝), Zhang Zai sets a framework for an understanding that being filial through life eliminates the (...)
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  21. Paul Richard Blum (2012). The Epistemology of Immortality: Searle, Pomponazzi, and Ficino. Studia Neoaristotelica 9 (1):85-102.score: 18.0
    The relationship between body and mind was traditionally discussed in terms of immortality of the intellect, because immateriality was one necessary condition for the mind to be immortal. This appeared to be an issue of metaphysics and religion. But to the medieval and Renaissance thinkers, the essence of mind is thinking activity and hence an epistemological feature. Starting with John Searle’s worries about the existence of consciousness, I try to show some parallels with the Aristotelian Pietro Pomponazzi (1462–1525), and (...)
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  22. Marleen Rozemond (2010). Descartes and the Immortality of the Soul. In John Cottingham & Peter Hacker (eds.), Mind, Method and Morality: Essays in Honour of Anthony Kenny. OUP.score: 18.0
    Descartes held that the human mind or soul is indivisible, unlike body. In this paper I argue that his treatment of this feature of the soul is intimately connected to his engagement with Aristotelian scholasticism. I discuss two strands in Descartes. There is a long tradition of arguing for the immortality of the human soul on the basis of this view. Descartes did use this view in defense of dualism, but I argue that he held that the soul’s (...) should be established rather on the basis of its status as a substance. This line of thought, I contend, is connected to his rejection of (most) Aristotelian substantial forms. Furthermore, the indivisibility of the human soul emerges repeatedly in connection to the union and interaction of mind and body in ways that connect to Aristotelian scholastic treatments of these issues. (shrink)
     
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  23. Steven Horrobin (2006). Immortality, Human Nature, the Value of Life and the Value of Life Extension. Bioethics 20 (6):279–292.score: 15.0
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  24. Roy W. Perrett (1987). Death and Immortality. Distributors for the U.S. And Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers.score: 15.0
    INTRODUCTION In The World as Will and Representation Schopenhauer writes: Death is the real inspiring genius or Musagetes of philosophy, and for this reason ...
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  25. Sebastian Sisti (2008). The Big Bang and Relative Immortality: Seminal Essays on the Creation of the Universe and the Advent of Biological Immortality. Algora Pub..score: 15.0
    So tight was his perception of reality he could find no room in it for empty space; a position which led him to deny the reality of motion. ...
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  26. Ovey N. Mohammed (1984). Averroesʼ Doctrine of Immortality: A Matter of Controversy. Published for the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion/Corporation Canadienne des Sciences Religieuses by Wilfrid Laurier University Press.score: 15.0
    INTRODUCTION The Background Mid-way through the twelfth century, as the Latin West was introduced to a wealth of previously unknown scientific and ...
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  27. A. Jacob (ed.) (1987). Henry More: The Immortality of the Soul. M. Nijhoff.score: 15.0
    Biographical Introduction But for the better Understanding of all this, we are to take ... our Rise a little higher and to premise some things which fell ...
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  28. William James (1960). The Will to Believe and Human Immortality. [New York]Dover Publications.score: 15.0
    Two books bound together, from the religious period of one of the most renowned and representative thinkers. Written for laymen, thus easy to understand, it is penetrating and brilliant as well. Illuminations of age-old religious questions from a pragmatic perspective, written in a luminous style.
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  29. Rebecca Housel & J. Jeremy Wisnewski (eds.) (2009). Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality. John Wiley & Sons.score: 15.0
    The first look at the philosophy behind Stephenie Meyer's bestselling Twilight series, this intriguing text draws on the wisdom of philosophical heavyweights to ...
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  30. Steven M. Nadler (2001). Spinoza's Heresy: Immortality and the Jewish Mind. Oxford University Press.score: 15.0
    Why was the great philosopher Spinoza expelled from his Portuguese-Jewish community in Amsterdam? Nadler's investigation of this simple question gives fascinating new perspectives on Spinoza's thought and the Jewish religious and philosophical tradition from which it arose.
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  31. Sebastian Ramon Philipp Gertz (2011). Death and Immortality in Late Neoplatonism: Studies on the Ancient Commentaries on Plato's Phaedo. Brill.score: 15.0
    This study focuses on the ancient commentaries on Plato’s Phaedo by Olympiodorus and Damascius and aims to present the relevance of their challenging and valuable readings of the dialogue to Neoplatonic ethics.
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  32. Martha C. Beck (1999). Plato's Self-Corrective Development of the Concepts of Soul, Forms, and Immortality in Three Arguments of the Phaedo. E. Mellen Press.score: 15.0
     
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  33. Ernest G. Braham (1926). Personality and Immortality in Post-Kantian Thought. London, G. Allen & Unwin, Ltd..score: 15.0
     
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  34. Pierre Conway (1946). The Emancipation of Man in Latin Averroism and the Negation of Immortality. Québec, Éditions De L'Univ. Laval.score: 15.0
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  35. Norman Cousins (1974/1991). The Celebration of Life: A Dialogue on Hope, Spirit, and the Immortality of the Soul. Bantam Books.score: 15.0
  36. Jerome Eckstein (1981). The Deathday of Socrates: Living, Dying and Immortality--The Theater of Ideas in Plato's Phaedo. Columbia Pub. Co..score: 15.0
  37. William Ernest Hocking (1945). The Immortality of Man. Lancaster, Pa.,N.P..score: 15.0
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  38. William Ernest Hocking (1937/1973). The Meaning of Immortality in Human Experience. Westport, Conn.,Greenwood Press.score: 15.0
  39. Trenton Merricks (2001). How to Live Forever Without Saving Your Soul: Physicalism and Immortality. In Kevin J. Corcoran (ed.), Soul, Body, and Survival. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 183-201.score: 15.0
     
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  40. Ashley Montagu (1971). Immortality, Religion, and Morals. New York,Hawthorn Books.score: 15.0
     
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  41. H. J. Paton (1956). Immortality. Berkeley, University of California Press.score: 15.0
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  42. Robert Leet Patterson (1965). Plato on Immortality. University Park, Pennsylvania State University Press.score: 15.0
     
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  43. Josef Pieper (1969/2000). Death and Immortality. St. Augustine's Press.score: 15.0
  44. Plato (1713/1976). Plato's Dialogue of the Immortality of the Soul. Ams Press.score: 15.0
     
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  45. Ramsukhdas (2009). Discovery of Truth and Immortality. Gita Press.score: 15.0
     
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  46. J. Ross (1948). The Jewish Conception of Immortality and the Life Hereafter. Belfast, News-Letter.score: 15.0
     
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  47. Adam Achad Sanders (1956). Man and Immortality. New York, Pageant Press.score: 15.0
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  48. John Perry (1978). A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality. Hackett.score: 12.0
    A DIALOGUE on PERSONAL IDENTITY and IMMORTALITY This is a record of conversations of Gretchen We/rob, a teacher of philosophy at a small mid- western ...
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  49. Chris W. Surprenant (2008). Kant's Postulate of the Immortality of the Soul. International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (1):85-98.score: 12.0
    In the Critique of Practical Reason, Kant grounds his postulate for the immortality of the soul on the presupposed practical necessity of the will’s endless progress toward complete conformity with the moral law. Given the important role that this postulate plays in Kant’s ethical and political philosophy, it is hard to understand why it has received relatively little attention. It is even more surprising considering the attention given to his other postulates of practical reason: the existence of God and (...)
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  50. Thaddeus Metz (2003). The Immortality Requirement for Life's Meaning. Ratio 16 (2):161–177.score: 12.0
    Many religious thinkers hold the immortality requirement, the view that immortality of some kind is necessary for life to have meaning. After clarifying the nature of the immortality requirement, this essay examines three central arguments for it. The article establishes that existing versions of these arguments fail to entail the immortality requirement. The essay then reconstructs the arguments, and it shows that once they do plausibly support the immortality requirement, they equally support the God-centred requirement, (...)
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