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Forum Philosophicum

Volume 15, Issue 1, Autumn 2010

Liam Dempsey, Byron Stoyles
Pages 119-140
DOI: 10.5840/forphil201015121

Comfort in Annihilation
Three Studies in Materialism and Mortality

This paper considers three accounts of the relationship between personal immortality and materialism. In particular, the pagan mortalism of the Epicureans is compared with the Christian mortalism of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. It is argued 1) that there are significant similarities between these views, 2) that Locke and Hobbes were, to some extent, influenced by the Epicureans, and 3) that the relation between (im)mortality and (im)materialism is not as straightforward as is commonly supposed.