Reincarnation: A Critical Examination / Edition 1

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This is the first comprehensive and systematic evaluation of reincarnation and Karma in any language. Renowned philosopher Paul Edwards exposes the many flaws in the arguments supporting the belief in reincarnation and the so-called Law of Karma. He also covers the alleged evidence in support of reincarnation, including child prodigies, deja vu experiences, hypnotic regressions, and "reincarnation memories." Finally, he discusses in some detail the claims of the leading figures in the recent immortality movement, in particular Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross, Raymond Moody, and Dr. Stanislov Grof. Edwards' wit and clarity make this a fascinating, accessible, and enjoyable work.

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Editorial Reviews

....a triumph of the skeptic's art. Dr. Edwards...explains carefully that consciousness cannot be meaningfully separated from the operations of the brain, and that no modus operandi can be found for the translation of one "identity" into another body.
Times Literary Supplement
...welcome....most successful when it exposes the wilder delusions to which his chosen targets are prone.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573929219
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 315
  • Sales rank: 1,499,137
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Edwards (1923-2004) was the author of God and the Philosophers, Heidegger's Confusions, Reincarnation: A Critical Examination, The Logic of Moral Discourse, and Heidegger and Death. He was the editor of Immortality and The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. He taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1 Reincarnation, Karma, and Competing Doctrines of Survival 11
2 The Moral Argument 29
3 The Law of Karma 35
4 Child Prodigies, Deja Vu Experiences, and Group Reincarnations 48
5 The Rise and Fall of Bridey Murphy 59
6 More Hypnotic Regressions and "Progressions" 80
7 Spontaneous Memories of Earlier Lives 99
8 The Conservation of Spiritual Energy 106
9 The Astral Body 110
10 Telephone Calls from the Dead, Birth Marks, and the Modus Operandi Problem 132
11 Dr. Kubler Ross, Dr. Moody, and the New Immortality Movement 141
12 The Fantasies of Dr. Kubler-Ross 164
13 Dr. Grof, LSD, and the Amorous Snake-Woman 195
14 The Population Problem and Other Commonsense and Scientific Objections 223
15 The "Interregnum": What Happens Between Lives? 238
16 More about Dr. Ian Stevenson, the "Galileo of Reincarnation" 253
17 The Dependence of Consciousness on the Brain 279
Irreverent Postscript: God and the Modus Operandi Problem 301
Index 305
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