A note on Huemer’s Claim to immortality

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5007/1808-1711.2020v24n3p657

Keywords:

existence, immortality, infinitesimals, infinity, probability, recurrence

Abstract

According to Huemer (2019), existence is evidence of immortality, provided past time is infinite. The argument is based on, inter alia, an alleged contradiction between the fact of one’s existence now and its improbability. I suggest that Huemer’s argument is flawed in equating the infinitesimally small with its limit value, and in assuming a philosophically significant difference between the a priori probability of the occurrence of a unique incarnation and that of anyone among an infinite number.

Author Biography

Inge-Bert Täljedal, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Umeå University, Ex Vice Chancellor

Department of Integrative Medical Biology, Professor emeritus

 

References

Huemer, M. 2019. Existence is evidence of immortality. Nous, online 23 April,

https://doi.org/10.1111/nous.12295

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2020-12-15

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