Curates the work of leading lights and emerging talents within the field
Offers a balanced critique of both religious and secular perspectives on the afterlife
Challenges the reader to engage with the metaphysical questions associated with post-mortem survival through a multi-disciplinary approach
Part of the book series: Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion (PFPR)
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Table of contents (22 chapters)
The History of the Afterlife
About this book
This unique Handbook provides a sophisticated, scholarly overview of the most advanced thought regarding the idea of life after death. Its comprehensive coverage encompasses historical, religious, philosophical and scientific thinking.
Starting with an overview of ancient thought on the topic, The Palgrave Handbook of the Afterlife examines in detail the philosophical coherence of the main traditional notions of the nature of the afterlife including heaven, hell, purgatory and rebirth. In addition (and breaking with traditional conceptions) it also explores the most recent exciting advance – digital models. Later sections include analysis of various possible metaphysical accounts that might make sense of the afterlife (including substance dualism, emergent dualism and materialism) and the science of near death experiences as well as the links between human psychology and our attitude to the afterlife.
• Grounded in the most advanced philosophical, theological and scientific thinking
• Contributions by eminent scholars from the world’s top universities
• Balanced treatment of fundamental issues that are relevant to everyone• Diverse approaches ranging from the religious to the scientific, from the optimistic to the pessimistic
• A major section on the meaning of the afterlife which includes chapters on fear, purpose, evil, and issues regarding identity
The Palgrave Handbook of the Afterlife is essential reading for scholars, researchers and advanced students researching attitudes to and effects of beliefs about death and life after death from philosophical, historical, religious, psychological and scientific perspectives.
- world religion
- religious traditions
- conceptual models
- religious morality
- religious epistemology
- cognitive philosophy
- cognitive psychology
- cultural beliefs
Editors and Affiliations
School of Philosophy, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
University of Gothenburg , Göteborg, Sweden
About the editors
Yujin Nagasawa is Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the John Hick Centre for the Philosophy of Religion at the University of Birmingham, UK. His previous books include The Existence of God: A Philosophical Introduction (2011) and God and Phenomenal Consciousness: A Novel Approach to Knowledge Arguments (2008).
Benjamin Matheson is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has published papers in American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies and the International Journal of the Philosophy of Religion.
Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of the Afterlife
Editors: Yujin Nagasawa, Benjamin Matheson
Series Title: Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-48608-0Published: 23 October 2017
Softcover ISBN: 978-1-349-69518-8Published: 01 April 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-48609-7Published: 12 October 2017
Series ISSN: 2634-6176
Series E-ISSN: 2634-6184
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XIII, 458
Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations