Immortality Defended / Edition 1

Immortality Defended / Edition 1

by John Leslie
     
 

Might we be parts of a divine mind? Could anything like an afterlife make sense? Starting with a Platonic answer to why the world exists, Immortality Defended suggests we could well be immortal in all of three separate ways.

  • Tackles the fundamental questions posed by our very existence, among them, "why does the cosmos exist?", "is there a divine

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Overview

Might we be parts of a divine mind? Could anything like an afterlife make sense? Starting with a Platonic answer to why the world exists, Immortality Defended suggests we could well be immortal in all of three separate ways.

  • Tackles the fundamental questions posed by our very existence, among them, "why does the cosmos exist?", "is there a divine mind or God?", and "in what sense might we have afterlives?"
  • Defends a belief in immortality, without the need for a religious affiliation or rejection of modern science
  • Explores the ideas of "Einsteinian immortality", the divine afterlife, and the theory of an infinite and divine mind
  • Draws from the work of a wide-range of philosophers, from ancient Greece to the present day, and incorporates up-to-date scientific findings
  • Written in a thought-provoking and engaging manner, accessible to anyone intrigued by the wonder of our being

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405162036
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/08/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

John Leslie is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His publications include Value and Existence (1979), Universes (1989), The End of the World: the Science and Ethics of Human Extinction (1996), Infinite Minds (2001), and the edited volume Modern Cosmology and Philosophy (1998).

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

1. Pantheism: A Rapid Introduction.

2. Platonic Creation.

3. Divine and Human Minds.

4. Immortality.

5. Existence, Causation, and Life.

Appendix: Brief Summary of the Book.

Bibliography.

Index of Names.

Index of Subjects

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