Personal Identity, Time, and Purgatory

Jerry L. Walls

in Purgatory

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199732296
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918492 | DOI:
Personal Identity, Time, and Purgatory

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The doctrine of purgatory raises distinctive issues of personal identity since it assumes conscious survival between death and resurrection. This survival must be sufficient to make sense of the subject undergoing punishment, discipline, and/or moral and spiritual growth, depending on how one conceives of purgatory. This chapter examines materialist, Thomist, and substance dualist accounts of personal identity in light of the doctrine of purgatory. It also explores arguments that significant moral change, including change between death and resurrection, requires time if the personal identity of the one undergoing that change is to maintain identity.

Keywords: Physicalism; immediate resurrection; future resurrection; intermediate state; Thomism; soul as form of body; substance dualism; soul

Chapter.  15846 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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