Epicurus's thoughts on death were:
-Death is the cessation of sensation
-Good and evil only make sense in terms of sensation
Therefore: Death is neither good nor evil
My (sort of related) question about death:
I was wondering if it's possible to rationally believe in a soul after death, but that after death there is still a complete cessation of sensation?
1.) One with a soul must have the ability to remain some level of consciousness after physical death.
2.) Consciousness does not require the ability to feel sensation ("Floating Man experiment" by Avicenna).
3.) Therefore: having a soul requires no sensation after death (but does not require a lack of sensation after death).
4.) In order to be "alive", sensation is required. Since the afterlife is "life after death", the afterlife requires sensation.
Then can you rationally believe in the soul (that some level of consciousness after physical death exists), but not in the afterlife (something which requires sensation)?
An idea: Does it depend on whether or not we pick a case in which one is or is not feeling sensation and holding consciousness at the same time?
Note: The question Does idealism allow for thought without any sensory input? Is discussing the validity of statement 2, not addressing my overall question. I would also argue that due to the "Floating Man experiment" by Avicenna, statement 2 has been fairly well proven.