Synopses & Reviews
This book is the first systematic and comprehensive critical evaluation of reincarnation by a professional philosopher in any language. Several chapters deal with the alleged evidence for reincarnation -- child prodigies, deja vu experiences, hypnotic regressions and spontaneous memories of earlier lives. The book shows how reincarnation is incompatible with many well-established facts such as population increases, the recency of life in the universe, and the transformation of species. It shows that reincarnation is committed to belief in the astral body, which is examined in a particularly amusing chapter. The book is written in a lucid and witty style by an author renowned for his Voltairean sense of fun.
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.
About 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.