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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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Immortality: A Pragmatic-Processive Model

Immortality: A Pragmatic-Processive Model

(p.200) Chapter 8 Immortality: A Pragmatic-Processive Model
Self, God and Immortality

Eugene Fontinell

Fordham University Press

This chapter offers a model of the cosmic process that would justify belief in immortality as attractive and as life-enhancing. In keeping with the experiential character and this-worldly focus of pragmatism, any acceptable model will have to offer possibilities for the enhancement and enrichment of life. Readers might be aided by mentally placing the term “this life” in quotation marks, because the nature and scope of human life are precisely what has been and will likely continue to be a matter of intense dispute among reflective human beings. The chapter shows that a crucial aspect of the dispute centers on what ought to be the relationship between the present and future characteristics of this life.

Keywords:   immortality, life-enhancing, pragmatism, human life, this life, present, future

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