Emergent individuals and the resurrection

European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 2 (2):69 - 88 (2010)
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Abstract

We present an original emergent individuals view of human persons, on which persons are substantial biological unities that exemplify metaphysically emergent mental states. We argue that this view allows for a coherent model of identity-preserving resurrection from the dead consistent with orthodox Christian doctrine, one that improves upon alternatives accounts recently proposed by a number of authors. Our model is a variant of the “falling elevator” model advanced by Dean Zimmerman that, unlike Zimmerman’s, does not require a closest continuer account of personal identity. We end by raising some remaining theological concerns.

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Jonathan D. Jacobs
Saint Louis University
Timothy O'Connor
Indiana University, Bloomington

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