Instances of abuse are abundant, ranging from use of Indian reincarnation beliefs to justify racism and class divisions to Christian afterlife beliefs which have be Despite its merit of being serious and thoughtful, I didn't like this book because I'm prejudiced against notions of the perdurance of individual personalities beyond bodily death. Finally, I discuss the implications of these data for our understanding of mind and its relationship with the body. His careful analysis of the facts and thorough critiques of skeptical objections bring him to the conclusion that, while an analysis of a few particular cases or even of the whole field of only one of the empirical kinds of evidence mentioned above do leave a sliver of doubt on which the skeptics can hang their unbelief, a comprehensive study of the whole body of evidence provides the believers in survival a much more sound and rational basis for their belief than the skeptics have for theirs. Mediumship, an experience widespread throughout human history, can be defined as an experience in which an individual the so-called medium purports to be in communication with, or under the control of, the personality of a deceased. Many fields of inquiry now deemed to be scientific began with studies focusing on some particular feature of nature, in an effort to determine whether some objects or properties of objects that seemed to be present in fact were.
Survivalists—those who believe in life after death—have taken different views concerning what exactly survives death, the manner in which it survives, and the general nature of postmortem existence and the afterlife. Death and personal survival : the evidence for life after death. Charles C Thomas; translated into Japanese, 1992. He joined the philosophy faculty at Georgia State University in 1972 as an associate professor, and became a full professor in 1980. Peirce Society as well as president of the Georgia Philosophical Association.
There are several important logical differences between the kinds of general argument we examined in the last chapter and the kinds of specific evidence for a life after death to which we must now turn. Education PhD in philosophy , 1969 Occupation Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at. Explore 10 5 :300-8, 2014. The third objection also proposes an anti-survivalist in-terpretation of reincarnation data, appears in Wheatley's recent review of my book, and derives from some comments made by A. It seems to me impossible to read this book without developing respect for its author. Biomedical Ethics and the Law. Scott Rogo in The Search for Yesterday 1985.
Pinnick and Noretta Koertge eds. Almeder born December 11, 1939 is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at. This is a serious, balanced study of the evidence for personal survival. Edge, Rollins College This book on the evidence for life after death. What exactly is being affirmed and denied by this hypothesis? Oxford: Basil Blackwell, and Rowman and Littlefield. No simple account of how spirituality can be empirically grounded is presently capable of being given, and in this respect, the theory purporting the existence of spirits resembles theories from the sciences. Stevenson's work on children who claimed to remember past lives convinced Almeder that minds are irreducible to brain states.
Almeder served as the editor of the 1998—2003 , and co-edited the annual Biomedical Ethics Reviews 1983—2004. In an undergraduate course in the logic of mortality. Finally, what possibly could the perdurance of an individual personality mean if no one or virtually no one had verifiable memories of past embodiments? Collective and Iterative Apparitions of the Dead. Peirce 1980 , Death and Personal Survival 1992 , Harmless Naturalism: The Limits of Science and the Nature of Philosophy 1998 , Human Happiness and Morality 2000 , and Truth and Skepticism 2010. The Philosophy of Charles S.
Over the decades, there was an evident increase in the number of articles on all the areas of the field, with the exception of studies on mediumship that showed a decline during the late 20th century and subsequent rise in the early 21st century. In keeping with my remarks about theories in Chapter 2, if spirits actually exist, their explication will be found in the complex network of causal and other relations in which they are concretely featured. Scrutinizing Feminist Epistemology: An Examination of Gender in Science. Mind and biological organism appear to have an indissoluble connection. What is the meaning of the survival hypothesis? Edge, Rollins College This book on the evidence for life after death.
Since the nineteenth century, there is a substantial, but neglected tradition of scientific research about mediumship and its implications for the nature of mind. My reasons are not as thought-through as they ought be, but insofar as I've gotten, my rejection of the belief is based in part on how it has been abused. Leonora Piper and Chico Xavier. The chapter on reincarnation receives by far the most extensive treatment 95 pages. In the exploration of alleged evidence for survival, we are immediately confronted with a fundamental conceptual issue. We shall shortly be focusing on: 1 near-death experiences; 2 apparitional experiences; 3 communications via mediums; and 4 putative reincarnation cases.
The book is a gold mine as a resource for all aspects of the survival question. Despite its merit of being serious and thoughtful, I didn't like this book because I'm prejudiced against notions of the perdurance of individual personalities beyond bodily death. As prominent philosophers such as C. Reviewed by Daniel Kealey, Ph. Braude, University of Maryland, Baltimore Almeder provides the most sustained argument for survival, especially reincarnation, in the contemporary literature.
Coleman, with his ex-libris seal blind-stamped on the front free endpaper. Similarly, authors of overviews of survival of death in psychical research have not mentioned early ideas of this sort e. Of the 9065 articles retrieved, 1954 were included 598 near-death experiences, 223 out-of-body experiences, 56 end-of-life experiences, 224 possession, 244 memories suggestive of past lives, 565 mediumship, 44 others. He argues that belief in some form of personal survival is as empirically justifiable as our belief in the past existence of dinosaurs. Abstract: Robert Almeder has clearly summarized an extensive body of evidence and argued its merits with the skill of a professional philosopher. After that, empirical evidence provided by studies on mediumship is presented and analyzed, including a brief biography of two very productive mediums: Mrs. Praxis and Reason: Studies in the Philosophy of Nicholas Rescher.