Volume 15, Issue 1, Autumn 2010
Liam Dempsey, Byron Stoyles
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.