Is There Life After Death or Not?June 29, 2021
Whether there is life after death is one of the important problems of religion and philosophy.
It constitutes one of the main problems of the philosophy of religion. This problem is generally shaped by the immortality of the soul within the framework of the soul-body relationship. Religion dealt with this issue through the concepts of belief and faith.
Belief, conceptually, refers to the state of opinion that occurs in people that something is so. In other words, it is the state of not having any doubt that the thing is as it is thought or felt. In other words, belief is the state of accepting and affirming what a person says he believes. There is no faith without faith. Belief as a prerequisite for faith is necessary but not sufficient. Belief can be defined as the state of attributing a value to the thing one believes. Faith; It shows that the believer believes and lives emotionally and behaviorally. The person has internalized what he believes in faith. For him, whatever his religion’s answer to these and other problems is, it is correct for him.
There are different views on this problem in philosophy. According to Plato, the soul existed before and will continue to exist afterwards. Because the soul is life and is the essence of man. According to Aristotle, the soul as a form belongs to the body, and when the body disappears, it also disappears.
Philosophers of religion generally accepted the coexistence of soul and body. There are also philosophers who argue that there is no soul, and for them there is no afterlife.
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Atatürk University Department of Sociology Lecture Notes for Year 1 “Introduction to Philosophy” and Year 3 “History of Contemporary Philosophy” (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook