Parapsychology, Philosophy, and Spirituality: A Postmodern Exploration / Edition 1

Parapsychology, Philosophy, and Spirituality: A Postmodern Exploration / Edition 1

by David Ray Griffin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791433161

ISBN-13: 9780791433164

Pub. Date: 01/09/1997

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Examines why parapsychology has been held in disdain by scientists, philosophers, and theologians, explores the evidence for ESP, psychokinesis, and life after death, and suggests that these phenomena provide support for a meaningful postmodern spirituality.

In this book, David Ray Griffin, best known for his work on the problem of evil, turns his attention

Overview

Examines why parapsychology has been held in disdain by scientists, philosophers, and theologians, explores the evidence for ESP, psychokinesis, and life after death, and suggests that these phenomena provide support for a meaningful postmodern spirituality.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791433164
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/09/1997
Series:
SUNY series in Constructive Postmodern Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
362
Sales rank:
832,029
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction to SUNY Series in Constructive Postmodern Thought

Introduction: Parapsychology, Philosophy, and Spirituality

1. Parapsychology and Postmodern Philosophy

2. White Crows Abounding: Evidence for the Paranormal

3. The Mind-Body Relation and the Possibility of Life after Death

4. Evidence for Life after Death: Mediumistic Messages

5. Evidence from Cases of the Possession Type

6. Evidence from Cases of the Reincarnation Type

7. Evidence from Apparitions

8. Evidence from Out-of-Body Experiences

9. Parapsychology and Postmodern Spirituality

Notes

Note on Supporting Center

Index

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