On behalf of spore gods

Analysis 77 (1):98-104 (2017)

Alasdair Richmond
University of Edinburgh
Being alive throughout all history need not save you from dying, even if history extends infinitely into the past and future. Infinitely-long lives can fall short of genuine immortality and suffer all an ordinary mortal’s diminution in experience. Adapting David Lewis on time travel, Roy Sorensen imagines quasi-immortal ‘spore gods’, whose finite personal lives are distributed across infinite external time. While criticising the ‘Eleatic’ terms in which Sorensen presents spore gods, this paper argues his essential claims are correct: ‘spore god’ worlds are logically and metaphysically possible. Indeed, going beyond Sorensen, spore gods are even nomologically accessible within General Relativity.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1093/analys/anx042
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 45,305
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Paradoxes of Time Travel.David K. Lewis - 1976 - American Philosophical Quarterly 13 (2):145-152.
Death.Thomas Nagel - 1970 - Noûs 4 (1):73-80.
Things in Themselves.Robert Merrihew Adams - 1997 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57 (4):801-825.
Nowhere Man: Time Travel and Spatial Location.Sara Bernstein - 2015 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 39 (1):158-168.

View all 23 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

On the Number of Gods.Eric Steinhart - 2012 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 72 (2):75-83.
The Nature of the Gods.P. G. Walsh (ed.) - 1997 - Clarendon Press.
Unicorn Atheism.Roy Sorensen - 2018 - Noûs 52 (2):373-388.
Latin Poets and Italian Gods.Darja Šterbenc Erker - 2012 - American Journal of Philology 133 (4):693-696.
Heidegger’s Phenomenology of the Greek Gods.Shawn Loht - 2012 - Philosophy Today 56 (4):419-33.
On the Plurality of Gods.Eric Steinhart - 2013 - Religious Studies 49 (3):289-312.
Strathern Beyond the Human: Testimony of a Spore.A. L. Tsing - 2014 - Theory, Culture and Society 31 (2-3):221-241.
Traveling with the Gods.Tracy Bealer & Rachel Luria - 2012 - In Tracy Lyn Bealer, Rachel Luria & Wayne Yuen (eds.), Neil Gaiman and Philosophy: Gods Gone Wild! Open Court.
Gods attribuut denken en gods oneindig intellekt bij Spinoza.H. De Dijn - 1975 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 37 (1):112-119.
The Insufficiency of the Many Gods Objection to Pascal’s Wager.Virgil Martin Nemoianu - 2010 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 84 (3):513-530.
The Gods. Alain - 1974 - [New York, New Directions.


Added to PP index

Total views
35 ( #254,132 of 2,279,928 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #306,764 of 2,279,928 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes

Sign in to use this feature