The Astounding Assumption of Infinite Life

Lantz Fleming Miller*

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Abstract

The multimillennial philosophical discussion about life after death has received a recent boost in the prospect of immortality attained via technologies. In this newer version, humans generally are considered mortal but may develop means of making themselves immortal. If “immortal” means not mortal, thus existing for infinity, and if the proposed infinite-existing entity is material, it must inhabit an infinite material universe. If the proposed entity is not material, there must be means by which it can shed its material substance and exist nonmaterially. The article examines arguments for how an infinite life would be possible given current physical understanding. The paper considers a Pascalian-style wager weighing the likelihood of adjusting to existence wholly within a finite universe versus betting on there being some way to construe the universe(s) as a viable medium for infinite beings. Conclusion: the case for a finite being to exist infinitely has little viable support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-394
Number of pages18
JournalMetaphilosophy
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

Keywords

  • end of the universe
  • immortality
  • infinite life
  • mortality
  • multiverse
  • origins of the universe
  • time

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