"Physicalism, Bodily Resurrection, and the Constitution Account"

In Joshua R. Farris & Charles Taliaferro (eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology. Ashgate Publishing Company. pp. 103-112 (2015)

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Omar Fakhri
University of California, Berkeley
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This chapter is about bodily resurrection. More specifically, it is about whether bodily resurrection is feasible according to a physicalist account of human beings. I argue that bodily resurrection is less plausible given mainstream physicalism, but it is not less plausible given the constitution account. In the first section, I criticize different options mainstream physicalism can take to make sense of bodily resurrection. All these options seem less than plausible. I spend more space on the first option, reassembly, because it seems to be prima facie the most natural option for mainstream physicalism. Then, in the second section, I show that the constitution account does not fall prey to the problems that infect mainstream physicalism.
Keywords Metaphysics  Philosophy of Religion  Physicalism  Constitution  Personal Identity  Afterlife  Resurrection
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