International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

, Volume 67, Issue 3, pp 123–139

Surviving resurrection

Authors

    • Department of Philosophy and Religious StudiesMarist College
  • Joel S. Van Wagenen
    • John. C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11153-009-9222-0

Cite this article as:
Buckareff, A.A. & Van Wagenen, J.S. Int J Philos Relig (2010) 67: 123. doi:10.1007/s11153-009-9222-0

Abstract

In this paper we examine and critique the constitution view of the metaphysics of resurrection developed and defended by Lynne Rudder Baker. Baker identifies three conditions for an adequate metaphysics of resurrection. We argue that one of these, the identity condition, cannot be met on the constitution view given the account of personal identity it assumes. We discuss some problems with the constitution theory of personal identity Baker develops in her book, Persons and Bodies. We argue that these problems render the constitution theory of personal identity as stated by Baker untenable. The upshot for the debate over the metaphysics of resurrection is that the constitution view of the metaphysics of resurrection must either be rejected or modified.

Keywords

ResurrectionPersonal identityPersonsConstitutionLynne Rudder BakerMetaphysics

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