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Friday, November 21, 2014

The Afterlife

Terrific report on various concepts of an afterlife from David in #14 yesterday.

Samuel Scheffler, whom he mentioned, wrote a short piece for the Times philosophy blog.
I believe in life after death.
No, I don’t think that I will live on as a conscious being after my earthly demise. I’m firmly convinced that death marks the unqualified and irreversible end of our lives.
My belief in life after death is more mundane. What I believe is that other people will continue to live after I myself have died. You probably make the same assumption in your own case. Although we know that humanity won’t exist forever, most of us take it for granted that the human race will survive, at least for a while, after we ourselves are gone.
Because we take this belief for granted, we don’t think much about its significance. Yet I think that this belief plays an extremely important role in our lives, quietly but critically shaping our values, commitments and sense of what is worth doing. Astonishing though it may seem, there are ways in which the continuing existence of other people after our deaths — even that of complete strangers — matters more to us than does our own survival and that of our loved ones. (Continues here)
Scheffler's book is Death and the Afterlife. A complete etext edition has been ordered for our library. Here's Scheffler's Philosophy Bites podcast interview.

1 comment:

  1. I'm probably going to look up that book when it arrives. Scheffler is brilliant. :)