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Embraced by the Demon: The Perils of Immediate Experience

  • Tadd Ruetenik
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Abstract

The phenomenon of near-death experiences shows a way in which James’ investigations into unusual mental states have engendered other creative, if not also controversial, scientific projects. Also considered are the visions of Swedenborg, who not only claimed to see angels and demons but classified them in interesting physiological ways. According to him, heaven and hell exist in the form of a human body, and this spiritual-somatic connection likely was influential on James, who was a physician as well as a philosopher of religion.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tadd Ruetenik
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  1. 1.Saint Ambrose UniversityDavenportUSA

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