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Self, God and ImmortalityA Jamesian Investigation$
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Eugene Fontinell

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780823220700

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823220700.001.0001

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James: Self and God

James: Self and God

(p.132) Chapter 6 James: Self and God
Self, God and Immortality

Eugene Fontinell

Fordham University Press

This chapter analyzes how a plausible belief in personal immortality depends upon a self open to continuing existence beyond the spatial and temporal parameters of what is usually referred to as the “present life.” A key step in the direction of supporting this hypothesis has been taken through the establishment of a field-self that participates in and is constituted by a range of fields, some of which can be designated “wider” in relation to the identifying center of the individual self. The chapter describes these wider fields in terms of a superhuman consciousness or consciousnesses, delaying till now a more detailed specification of such wider consciousnesses.

Keywords:   personal immortality, self, present life, field-self, superhuman consciousness

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