The compatibility of materialism and survival: The "Falling elevator" model

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It is not easy to be a materialist and yet believe that there is a way for human beings to survive death. Peter van Inwagen identifies the central obstacle the materialist faces: Namely, the need to posit appropriate "immanent-causal" connections between my body as it is at death and some living body elsewhere or elsewhen. I offer a proposal, consistent with van Inwagen's own materialist metaphysics, for making materialism compatible with the possibility of survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-212
Number of pages19
JournalFaith and Philosophy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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