In contemporary Western culture, death has been widely censured because of its conceptual implications; it lies at the boundaries between reductionism and metaphysics. There is not yet an efficacious epistemology able to solve this contraposition and its consequent collision with science and tradition. This article 15 analyzes Near Death Experiences (NDEs) as a prototypical argument in which the two perspectives conflict. Specifically, it analyzes the epistemological antinomies of the ontological representations of death, inhering in passage versus absolute annihilation. Indeed, the NDEs theme permits the examination of the logical contradiction between monistic reductionism and its ontological counter20 part to improve the discovery of a new paradigm that integrates the ecological with eternalist views.

Toward A New Eternalist Paradigm for Afterlife Studies: The Case of the Near-Death Experiences Argument

Testoni, Ines
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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Facco, Enrico
Membro del Collaboration Group
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Perelda, Federico
Membro del Collaboration Group
2017

Abstract

In contemporary Western culture, death has been widely censured because of its conceptual implications; it lies at the boundaries between reductionism and metaphysics. There is not yet an efficacious epistemology able to solve this contraposition and its consequent collision with science and tradition. This article 15 analyzes Near Death Experiences (NDEs) as a prototypical argument in which the two perspectives conflict. Specifically, it analyzes the epistemological antinomies of the ontological representations of death, inhering in passage versus absolute annihilation. Indeed, the NDEs theme permits the examination of the logical contradiction between monistic reductionism and its ontological counter20 part to improve the discovery of a new paradigm that integrates the ecological with eternalist views.
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