chapter  6
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Some Aspects of the Problem of Survival

I shall be concernedhere mainly with that aspect of the problem of survival which is connected with questions of personal identity, that is with whether, to what extent, and in what sense a post mortem entity could be said to be identical with a person who lived at an earlier time. I shall leave untouched the problem of disembodied existence, which has been treated at length by Penelhum1 and touched on by Strawson,2 contenting myself with saying that there seem to be impressive difficulties here if one thinks, for other reasons, that post mortem existence must be disembodied existence, but that they evaporate if one abandons this prejudice.3