Near Death Experience. A philosophical inquiry.

If you are looking for a slow, deep dive into the topic of Near-Death Experiences, I can recommend this.

Are Near-Death Experiences Veridical? A philosophical Inquiry.

This is a Doctoral thesis submission by Monika J Mandoki.
And it is a fascinating read linking together two topics I am very interested in, analytical idealism and Near-Death Experiences.
I will link to the complete document (PDF) again at the bottom of this post.

But first, here is an excerpt from Monika’s lay audience summary:

This project is a philosophical investigation into near-death experiences (NDEs). It attempts to answer the central question: Are near-death experiences veridical? “Veridical” comes from the Latin words verus and dicere, which means truth telling. Instead of using the word “real”, which may be easily misunderstood, I use the word “veridical” to ask in what way(s) near-death experiences can be said to be truth telling.

The aim of my work is to defend the veridicality of near-death experiences within the framework of idealism. Philosophical idealism, roughly stated, is the theory that reality is consciousness or mind-created and possibly consciousness or mind-dependent.

However, the aim of my work is not achieved simply by adopting an idealist standpoint. Instead, I present arguments for the reason this idealist standpoint is necessary. First, I argue that the traditional way of assessing near-death experiences is often oversimplified and carries an unnecessary bias in favour of a materialist interpretation, which eventually sets it up for a failure to demonstrate that an afterlife state can exist. Here, the materialist interpretation refers to the theory of philosophical materialism according to which reality is strictly made of matter and nothing exists above and beyond matter.

Once this materialist bias is examined, I make an attempt to level the playing field, so to speak, to see where this equal level can take the discussion. Ultimately, I argue that it is best to fit all evidence and arguments into a theory that best explains near-death experiences; and, the theory that best explains these experiences is philosophical idealism.

At the end, I provide examples of this theory and also a synthesized version of the best imaginable theory to show in what way(s) these idealist theories can explain near-death experiences and in what way(s) near-death experiences can be demonstrated to be veridical in nature. Since, according to this theory, consciousness or the mind is the basic building block of reality, simply put, there is life after death.

If this sounds intriguing to you, you can download the full document here.

Citation: Mandoki, Monika J., “Are Near-Death Experiences Veridical? A Philosophical Inquiry” (2021). Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 7895.

https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/7895

Ian Miller

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