Liam P. Dempsey
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Byron J. Stoyles
Trent University
This paper considers three accounts of the relationship between personal immortality and materialism. In particular, the pagan mortalism of the Epicureans is compared with the Christian mortalism of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. It is argued 1) that there are significant similarities between these views, 2) that Locke and Hobbes were, to some extent, influenced by the Epicureans, and 3) that the relation between (im)mortality and (im)materialism is not as straightforward as is commonly supposed.
Keywords Locke  Hobbes  death  mortalism  Epicureans  Newton  materialism
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DOI 10.5840/forphil201015121
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