Parapsychology, Philosophy, and Spirituality [NOOK Book]

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In this book, David Ray Griffin, best known for his work on the problem of evil, turns his attention to the even more controversial topic of parapsychology. Griffin examines why scientists, philosophers, and theologians have held parapsychology in disdain and argues that neither a priori philosophical attacks nor wholesale rejection of the evidence can withstand scrutiny. After articulating a constructive postmodern philosophy that allows the parapsychological evidence to be taken seriously. Griffin examines this...
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Overview

In this book, David Ray Griffin, best known for his work on the problem of evil, turns his attention to the even more controversial topic of parapsychology. Griffin examines why scientists, philosophers, and theologians have held parapsychology in disdain and argues that neither a priori philosophical attacks nor wholesale rejection of the evidence can withstand scrutiny. After articulating a constructive postmodern philosophy that allows the parapsychological evidence to be taken seriously. Griffin examines this evidence extensively. He identifies four types of repeatable phenomena that suggest the reality of extrasensory perception and psychokinesis. Then, on the basis of a nondualistic distinction between mind and brain, which makes the idea of life after death conceivable, he examines five types of evidence for the reality of life after death: messages from mediums; apparitions; cases of the possession type; cases of the reincarnation type; and out-of-body experiences. His philosophical and empirical examinations of these phenomena suggest that they provide support for a postmodern spirituality that overcomes the thinness of modern religion without returning to supernaturalism.
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After describing a postmodern philosophy that allows parapsychological evidence to be taken seriously, Griffin (philosophy of religion and theology, School of Theology, Claremont and Claremont Graduate School) examines the evidence of parapsychological activity, which scientists, philosophers, and theologians have long held in disdain, arguing for the reality of extrasensory perception and psychokinesis and advocating a sort of postmodern spirituality. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438404851
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 1,001 KB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction to SUNY Series in Constructive Postmodern Thought
Introduction: Parapsychology, Philosophy, and Spirituality 1
1 Parapsychology and Postmodern Philosophy 7
2 White Crows Abounding: Evidence for the Paranormal 41
3 The Mind-Body Relation and the Possibility of Life after Death 96
4 Evidence for Life after Death: Mediumistic Messages 150
5 Evidence from Cases of the Possession Type 169
6 Evidence from Cases of the Reincarnation Type 184
7 Evidence from Apparitions 209
8 Evidence from Out-of-Body Experiences 229
9 Parapsychology and Postmodern Spirituality 269
Notes 293
Note on Supporting Center 329
Index 331
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