Personal Identity and the Survival of Death

Dean W. Zimmerman

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195388923
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Personal Identity and the Survival of Death

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This chapter explores the possibility of surviving death and the effect of death on personal identity. It highlights the difficulty of reaching agreement about the correct criterion of identity for persons and discusses the dualism or materialism criteria of identity for persons. The chapter argues that Proteanism should make it quite easy for us to survive death and contends that dualism presents no obstacle to the possibility of survival of death.

Keywords: survival of death; personal identity; identity of persons; dualism; materialism; Proteanism

Article.  30662 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Mind

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