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DISEMBODIED EXISTENCE CAN NEVER BE EXPLAINED COHERENTLY, BECAUSE IT IS A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS. DISCUSS.

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ESSAY 2: DISEMBODIED EXISTENCE CAN NEVER BE EXPLAINED COHERENTLY, BECAUSE IT IS A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS. DISCUSS. A linguistic philosopher heavily supports this statement, since it is a contradiction in terms, using their monistic thoughts. To them life after death, is a contradictory concept, because you cannot continue to live, after you have died; it would be surviving death. The concept of disembodied existence to the linguistic philosopher cannot be coherently explained because it is a contradiction, as they already hold the presupposition of monism, which believes that soul and body are one entity, which cannot be separated. For them a disembodied existence, is not an option and therefore using linguistic philosophy, the premise of disembodied existence does not hold well, because there should be no life after death. Other thinkers have criticised with this type of philosophy, but they themselves are dualists. For example, Schlick argues that it is possible to have life after death, by claiming you could witness your own funeral. It now, becomes plausible that disembodied survival is coherent and not a contradiction in terms, from this point of view, as mind and body after death could have been have been separated, as they are composite natures, to the dualist. ...read more.

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As a result, if disembodied existence is to be accepted, for a dualist, the identification of others is not a contradiction, and is logical and coherent. The coherency of disembodied existence can be supported by cases of telepathy, which also regards the workings of mind states, without physical input. Telepathy shows that the concept of disembodied survival is not only conceivable, and can be understood coherently and telepathy is somewhat of tangible evidence, as it can be proved, through stringent tests, also by analysing the records already at our disposal, because the mind can work independently to the body. The other problem, of proclaiming the philosophy of disembodied life after death, is continuation. For us to survive death and even begin to discuss the chances of an after life, there must be this non-stop flow; a continuity of us. The person who dies and survives death should be us, we are the ones to move in to the afterlife. Physco- physical advocate, John Hick's uses his famous, Replica Theory, in order to show that, continuity is logical possibility. Hick's start by saying imagine a person sitting somewhere, and then all of a sudden stops existing in that place, only to exist somewhere else, without journeying to that new place. ...read more.

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Other reasons stem from the philosophical reasoning at hand, such as Plato's and Kant's philosophy, which argues for the soul's immortality, and in addition the human capacity to even experience the 'eternal' does seem to mean that there must be something that is eternal is us. It is disputed, admittedly, that even though we can experience little of the concept 'eternal' we do not necessarily have to be eternal. There are qualities that are associated with the divine, that we seem to be aware of , such as compassion and forgiveness, and still we are not divine ourselves. Therefore disembodied survival can not be coherently explained In addition, it is not reasonable to argue from the Platonic version of the immortal soul or the moral argument as represented by Kant, because there is no empirical evidence to support either of these. The immortality of the soul is highly dependent on the world of the Forms which has yet to be proven, just like, the Kantian moral argument, which calls for there to be a God to provide us with the summum bonum in another life. Again, God is an unproven, unsupported concept. An argument cannot be used to prove something else, if it is not proved itself. ...read more.

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