On behalf of spore gods

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Abstract

Being alive throughout all of history need not save you from dying, even if history extends infinitely into the past and future. Infinitely-long lives can still fall short of genuine immortality and thereby suffer all of an ordinary mortal’s diminution in experience. Adapting the terminology that David Lewis used to define time travel, Roy Sorensen defends the above propositions by imagining quasi-immortal ‘spore gods’, who live finite personal lives distributed across infinite external time. While criticising the ‘Eleatic’ terms in which Sorensen presents spore gods, this paper argues that his essential claims are correct: ‘spore god’ worlds are logically and metaphysically possible. Indeed, going beyond Sorensen, spore gods are even nomologically accessible within General Relativity.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberanx042
Pages (from-to)98-104
JournalAnalysis
Volume77
Issue number1
Early online date22 Mar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • immortality
  • Roy Sorensen
  • time travel

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