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[How can one and the same person live again after death? One traditional answer to this question – and one contemplated by virtually every major philosopher in the seventeenth century – is that God will resurrect the total human being (body and mind) at the Last Day. But this raises thorny...
[This chapter introduces the philosophical and theological motivations for the traditional insistence on the resurrection of the body. Central among these was the notion that the person is constituted by the body-soul unity – thus requiring resurrection for personal identity across death....
[This chapter outlines two of the main tensions between Aristotelian metaphysics and the notion of bodily resurrection. First, Aristotle held that corrupted beings cannot return numerically the same (the Corruption Problem). Second, if one takes prime matter to be pure potentiality (as did most...
[A crucial shift occurred in the mid-seventeenth century in English philosophical theology. Concern for defending resurrection meant that platonic dualism had been resisted by hylomorphists throughout the medieval period and Reformed orthodoxy. However, around the middle of the seventeenth...
[John Locke developed a theory of personal identity that depended neither upon the identity of the body nor upon the identity of immaterial substance. He did so in significant part because of his theological outlook concerning resurrection. Locke not only rejected the resurrection of the same...
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