ST. THOMAS AQUINAS ON DEATH AND THE SEPARATED SOUL
Article first published online: 1 DEC 2010
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Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 91, Issue 4, pages 587–599, December 2010
How to Cite
TONER, P. (2010), ST. THOMAS AQUINAS ON DEATH AND THE SEPARATED SOUL. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 91: 587–599. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2010.01379.x
- Issue published online: 1 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 1 DEC 2010
Since St. Thomas Aquinas holds that death is a substantial change, a popular current interpretation of his anthropology must be mistaken. According to that interpretation – the ‘survivalist’ view – St. Thomas holds that we human beings survive our deaths, constituted solely by our souls in the interim between death and resurrection. This paper argues that St. Thomas must have held the ‘corruptionist’ view: the view that human beings cease to exist at their deaths. Certain objections to the corruptionist view are also met.