Event Title

Surviving Death: The Possibility of an Afterlife

Location

King Building 123

Start Date

4-27-2018 12:00 PM

End Date

4-27-2018 1:20 PM

Abstract

During my Honors project, I aim to present intelligible conceptions of what an afterlife might like look like, specifically in a way that we might care about. I take “afterlife” to mean continued existence after a biological death and assume that the kinds of afterlives that people care about deal with themes like resurrection, Heaven, reincarnation, etc. As such, I will be exploring such themes by analyzing theories such as Descartes’s dualism, Socrates’s theory of land where souls travel to after death, H.H Price’s world of dream-images, resurrection, re-creation, and the swapping of identities and consciousnesses as presented [in different ways and contexts] by John Locke and David Parfitt.

Keywords:

death, afterlife, soul, mind, body, identity, existence, God

Notes

Session II, Panel 6 - Philosophical | Critique
Moderator: Todd Ganson, Professor of Philosophy

Major

Philosophy

Advisor(s)

Martin Thomson-Jones, Philosophy

Project Mentor(s)

Todd Ganson, Philosophy

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Apr 27th, 12:00 PM Apr 27th, 1:20 PM

Surviving Death: The Possibility of an Afterlife

King Building 123

During my Honors project, I aim to present intelligible conceptions of what an afterlife might like look like, specifically in a way that we might care about. I take “afterlife” to mean continued existence after a biological death and assume that the kinds of afterlives that people care about deal with themes like resurrection, Heaven, reincarnation, etc. As such, I will be exploring such themes by analyzing theories such as Descartes’s dualism, Socrates’s theory of land where souls travel to after death, H.H Price’s world of dream-images, resurrection, re-creation, and the swapping of identities and consciousnesses as presented [in different ways and contexts] by John Locke and David Parfitt.