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Merely mortal? : can you survive your own death?
Flew, Antony, 1923-2010.
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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2000.
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xviii, 200 pages ; 24 cm
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Antony Flew is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Reading, England.

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Flew (emer., Univ. of Reading, UK) employs an engaging personal, folksy-anecdotal style with extensive imbedded text references to his and others' works. The book is a resurrection of his ideas in an earlier text, The Logic of Mortality (1987), and other published articles. All of the references are to "the present," which is a time not later than the 1980s, potentially dating some of the research. Flew focuses on well-known historical issues in philosophical psychology: the nature of human beings, free-agency, free will, personal identity, the self, the problem of other minds, the nature of consciousness, the legacy of two-substance or two-worldviews of Plato and Descartes, and the failures of epiphenomenalism and parapsychology to account for disembodied consciousness. His critical approach to attempted explanations of disembodied existence is the 1950s-60s Oxford school of ordinary language philosophers: any failure to satisfy an ordinary language empirical test is unintelligible. It is taken to be a failure based on "counter evidential empirical intuition"; denial of known laws of causation, physics, or science; or illogically based on illicit assumptions, illicit inferences to non-material substances that are falsely taken to exist as separate and independent of traditional physical bodies in space-time. All student levels. J. Gough Red Deer College