Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions of the Afterlife [Book Review]

Philosophical Quarterly 68 (270):214-217 (2018)
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Travis Timmerman
Seton Hall University
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© The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Scots Philosophical Association and the University of St Andrews. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com...John Martin Fischer and Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin's book is the gold standard for philosophical work aimed at a popular audience. Fischer and Mitchell-Yellin make nuanced, philosophically interesting arguments about a topic largely unexplored by academic philosophers and manage to do so in a way that is accessible to any intellectually curious reader.The central aim of the book is to consider charitable interpretations of arguments for dualism and the afterlife that appeal to near-death experiences and to make the case that such arguments do not actually warrant belief in either.In the first few chapters, Fischer and Mitchell-Yellin review representative and particularly intriguing instances of NDEs, ones that have convinced many that there must be an afterlife. One such example...
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