Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion

The Palgrave Handbook of the Afterlife

Editors: Nagasawa, Yujin, Matheson, Benjamin (Eds.)

  • Curates the work of leading lights and emerging talents within the fieldOffers 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
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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.

Key features:
 

•          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.

About the authors

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 QuarterlyPhilosophical Studies and the International Journal of the Philosophy of Religion.


Table of contents (22 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of the Afterlife
Editors
  • Yujin Nagasawa
  • Benjamin Matheson
Series Title
Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48609-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48609-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48608-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 458
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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