Life After Death Essay

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‘The concept of life after death is incoherent’. Discuss. (35)
For millennia, humanity has been plagued by the issues surrounding life after death because the only way of truly knowing what happens is to actually experience it, by dying. This means that we can only theorise possible outcomes and discuss key issues such as personal identity or immortality of the soul. Theories about life after death are all interested in whether or not there is a part of the human body which survives the death of all the physical parts and where or when it goes.
Dualism states that there is a distinction between our body and our actual self, commonly referred to as our soul. Generally, in dualism, the soul is viewed as immortal, and therefore our existence
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It is unclear on to what extent he believed the soul was separate to the body. In his De Anima, he makes it clear that he believes the intellectual part of the soul can be separable from the body and is eternal. This makes it a bit confusing on whether the soul is part of the body or separate, or is it some part of the soul that is separable. Aristotle separated the intellectual sense into the ‘calculative’ or ‘deliberative’ or ‘theoretical’ or ‘scientific’. The first part is art meaning outside man hence the result of his activity. The other part is prudence that is the activity-referred to as the ‘art’ of doing. Prudence concerns what men are supposed to do with the future. The part of scientific understanding is the top activity of the faculty and of man himself since it’s man’s intellectual ability that separates him from other creatures. I do not believe Aristotle’s view of the soul is completely coherent because he does appear to contradict himself, as mentioned above. It also seems that there is no clear understanding of life after death, making the concept incoherent.
John Hick thought of a way of presenting the concept of resurrection from a non-dualistic viewpoint, which he called the Replica Theory. Hick believes that the body and soul cannot be separated; human beings are a ‘psycho-somatic unity’. The replica theory claimed that resurrection is a divine action in which an exact replica of ourselves is

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