Emergent individuals and the resurrection

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