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The Future of the Soul

Richard Swinburne

in The Evolution of the Soul

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236986
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598593 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198236980.003.0015
The Future of the Soul

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Evidence of ‘near‐death’ experiences, parapsychology, and claims of reincarnation do not constitute very good evidence that human souls survive the death of their bodies. Nor are there good philosophical arguments for the natural immortality of souls. Yet there are no natural laws connecting the existence or functioning of a soul with the existence or functioning of a body. Only an argument via some very general metaphysical theory could show what happens to a soul after death – e.g. an argument to a God who has revealed what happens.

Keywords: afterlife; God; immortality; life after death; near‐death experiences; parapsychology; reincarnation; soul

Chapter.  6184 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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