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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiv

I am grateful to many people who have helped me in this project, and in philosophy more generally. In particular, I would like to express my debt to my doctoral supervisors from long ago, Saul Kripke and David Lewis, who showed me what it was to...

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Chapter One: Is Heaven a Place We Can Get To?

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pp. 1-125

Having shaken off the yoke of being chair of the department (after seven years) it is a great honor to be invited by my colleagues to give these lectures. It is also a particular delight. For this lecture series celebrates the memory of our wonderful former...

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Chapter Two: On the Impossibility of My Own Death

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pp. 126-188

The last lecture converged on certain Protestant theological attempts to bridge the gap between earthly life and the afterlife, without recourse to an immaterial soul that could continue aft er the death of...

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Chapter Three: From Anatta to Agape

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pp. 189-240

Philosophers have distinguished mere “de re” thought about oneself— thought that happens to be about oneself, as when Muhammad Ali in the last stages of mental decay and forgetfulness takes...

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Chapter Four: What Is Found at the Center?

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pp. 241-304

This lecture, in many ways the most demanding, is based around a philosophical parable. I believe that at least part of what the parable describes is possible, and I shall argue for this. I shall then investigate in remorseless...

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Chapter Five: A New Refutation of Death

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pp. 305-378

Let us begin with an anticipation of the central idea to be defended in this lecture. Here is John Stuart Mill on what he calls, after August Comte, the “Religion of...

Index

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pp. 379-393