Summary Of ' The Night Three Days Before Her Death '

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On the night three days before her death, Gretchen Weirob and her friends discussed the afterlife and things of the like. I am going to argue that Weirob is right to claim that personal identity cannot consist in the sameness of an immaterial, unobservable soul. – 45 words

Exposition: In this dialogue between Weirob and some friends, she argues that one’s personal identity can’t be solely related to one’s immaterial and unobservable soul. She doesn’t understand how it is possible for one to still live if when they die and are buried, their body rots away. She brings up the question of ‘if a person physically dies, how are they able to continue living?’ That is where her friend Sam Miller mentions living in the afterlife and living without a body as well. This causes Weirob to clarify her meaning of survival, which is having a person, in the foreseeable future, experience and live her life. The only way for that to be possible is if they shared the same identity. She makes a great analogy; using the example of destroying a box of Kleenex and telling to someone go home to the very same box of Kleenex. That would be an absurd proposition and explains how it isn’t possible for the same person to live past death. If one was associating the living body as the first Kleenex box and the second box at home as the living soul, you could see why that idea wouldn’t make sense. Later on, the two friends establish that the soul and the body are two separate entities; one…
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