The Problem of Heaven

Ratio, Vol. 24, pp. 46-64, 2011

19 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2011

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Brian Ribeiro

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Department of Philosophy & Religion

Date Written: March 1, 2011

Abstract

An argument against the rationality of desiring to go to heaven might be put in the form of a trilemma: (1) any state of being that both lasts eternally and preserves me as the person I am would be hellish and therefore would not be a state of being that I could have any reason to desire; (2) any state of being that lasts eternally and yet fails to preserve my personhood by turning me into a non-person would not be a state of being that I (qua person that I am) could have any reason to desire; and (3) any state of being that lasts eternally and yet fails to preserve my personhood by turning me into some other person would not be a state of being that I (qua person that I am) could have any reason to desire. This paper offers defenses of each of the three horns of this trilemma and concludes that there is no rationally compelling reason for any human being to desire to go to heaven.

Keywords: heaven, personal identity

Suggested Citation

Ribeiro, Brian, The Problem of Heaven (March 1, 2011). Ratio, Vol. 24, pp. 46-64, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1970695

Brian Ribeiro (Contact Author)

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Department of Philosophy & Religion ( email )

Department of Philosophy & Religion (#2753)
615 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.utc.edu/philosophy-religion/profiles/faculty/snc959.php

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