• Hywel D. Lewis
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The view I have just been defending is presupposed in much that is said about reincarnation. Some of those who believe in reincarnation maintain that they know ‘what they were’ in their past life — or have some similar memory. But if the doctrine is meant to apply to all of us, as is usually the case, and to all living things, then there seem to be instances of any number of people who have no recollection at all of their alleged previous existence — or any inclination to believe that they had one. But this does not in itself in the least rule out the possibility that they have ‘lived before’ and were, in the strictest sense, the persons they are now, notwithstanding great difference between their past life and the present one. On the score of its conceivability in the present sense, the doctrine of reincarnation has nothing to fear.


Causal Condition Physical Body Past Life Present Life Aristotelian Society 
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© Hywel D. Lewis 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hywel D. Lewis
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  1. 1.King’s CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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