Human Immortality and Pre-existence by John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart

By John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart

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Science requires, no doubt, that experi- ence should exhibit certain uniformities, so HUMAN IMMORTALITY 45 that a certain experience can safely be taken as an indication of what other experiences will follow it under certain conditions. But this proves nothing as to the independent exist- ence of matter. sensations, nature, the If and I the external causes of myself, have a which are sensations result will exhibit uniformities. my constant their joint And a non- material cause can have a constant nature just as easily as a material cause could have.

It 57 self is In that case, no doubt, would be impossible that should it successively connected with two bodies. that theory The most we have seen supposition would fit the of accompaniment to body can be that a that the an self. be But be untenable. is an essential And then the has another body self the facts quite as well as the sup- position that the self has ceased to exist. There seems no reason why such a change should not be instantaneous. But even if it were not so, no additional difficulty would be created.

That the And colours. colour must two it is has object if it differ, sensations colour which of I two had impossible to suppose at once two different has only one, then that at least, from one experienced observers, since these the two differ from the other by sensations of the one another. The same is the case with secondary qualities. And it is also the case with the primary qualities. Two men who look at a cube from different positions simultaneously have two quite different sensations of its shape — not merely numerically but sensations which do another.

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