Liam Dempsey and Byron Stoyles

Comfort in Annihilation: Three Studies in Materialism and Mortality

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15/1 - Spring 2010, pages 119–140
Date of online publication: 15 June 2010
Date of publication: 01 June 2010

Abstract

This paper considers three accounts of the relationship between personal immortality and materialism. In particular, the pagan mortalism of the Epicureans is compared with the Christian mortalism of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. It is argued 1) that there are significant similarities between these views, 2) that Locke and Hobbes were, to some extent, influenced by the Epicureans, and 3) that the relation between (im)mortality and (im)materialism is not as straightforward as is commonly supposed.

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Dempsey, Liam, and Byron Stoyles. “Comfort in Annihilation: Three Studies in Materialism and Mortality.” Forum Philosophicum 15, no. 1 (2010): 119–140. doi:10.5840/forphil201015121.

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