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Alive vs. Existence

  1. Nov 10, 2004 #1
    What is the difference between being not alive and not existing? That is, does a dead body exist?

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  3. Nov 13, 2004 #2


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    I think this is a great question. The answer I think is simply, we are not our bodies. When we die, our dead body exists, but we are dead (we have ceased to exist but our bodies continue to exist). But what is this "we" that died, and stopped existing if it's not the body? I cannot see any difference between being unconscious, and ceasing to exist.
  4. Nov 13, 2004 #3


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    As far as I am aware, the word "existence" was coigned by Mid-Age phylosphers to be able to discuss about the properties of God.
  5. Nov 13, 2004 #4
    The question must first state whether a soul exists or not.
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