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 Why an Investigation of Paranormal Experience Should Be an Essential Component of a Course on Death

L. Stafford Betty

in Teaching Death and Dying

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195335224
eISBN:
9780199868810
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335224.003.0022
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

A good course on death does more than explore the way we die and grieve. It does more than show us how to prepare a living will or to decide whether physician-assisted suicide is ethical. It does ... More


‘Being All, Knowing All, Loving All’: Phenomenology

Paul Marshall

in Mystical Encounters with the Natural World: Experiences and Explanations

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199279432
eISBN:
9780191603440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199279438.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The classic characterizations of extrovertive mystical experience by R. M. Bucke, Rudolf Otto, W. T. Stace, and R. C. Zaehner are summarized and their limitations exposed. The author proceeds to give ... More


The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

June O. Leavitt

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This book aims to show that the “Kafkaesque” in Franz Kafka may be immediate or residual impressions of the clairvoyance which Kafka admitted he suffered from: Those aspects of his writings in which ... More


Mystical Experience in Kafka’s 
Early Prose

June O. Leavitt

in The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter creates a classification of signs by which clairvoyant textuality can be evaluated. Subsequently, it examines Kafka’s writings for such signs. Certain diary entries are marked by the ... More


Uncertain Belief: Is it Rational to be a Christian?

David J. Bartholomew

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270140
eISBN:
9780191683923
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270140.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

The certainties which underpinned Christian belief have crumbled in a world where science sets the standard of what is true. A rational case for belief must therefore be constructed out of ... More


The Sensuous Social Supernatural

Abby Day

in Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199577873
eISBN:
9780191731143
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577873.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Belief narratives relating to supernatural or paranormal events were common in the interviews, irrespective of informants’ religious or spiritual beliefs: even atheists sense ghosts. The findings and ... More


Secrets in the Seats: The Erotic, the Paranormal, and the Free Spirit

Jeffrey J. Kripal

in Teaching Mysticism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199751198
eISBN:
9780199918782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751198.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter proceeds from the assumption that the direct personal experiences of the students inevitably constitute either the unspoken subtext or the creative context of a class on mysticism. The ... More


From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural

Lynn Schofield Clark

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195300239
eISBN:
9780199850525
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300239.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the Left Behind series are but the latest manifestations of American teenagers' long-standing fascination with the supernatural and the paranormal. This ... More


The Paranormal

DAVID J. BARTHOLOMEW

in Uncertain Belief: Is it Rational to be a Christian?

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270140
eISBN:
9780191683923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270140.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter focuses on the paranormal — a collection of things such as telepathy, precognition, the occult, astrology, and the like — as another set of phenomena that does not necessarily entail ... More


Conclusion: The Dark Side of Evangelicalism and the Religion of the Possible

Lynn Schofield Clark

in From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195300239
eISBN:
9780199850525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300239.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the influence of the supernatural and paranormal on the religious beliefs and practices of American teenagers. It discusses the proposed theory ... More


Miraculous Powers and False Advertising

Ariel Glucklich

in The End of Magic

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195108798
eISBN:
9780199853434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108798.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

For a variety of reasons, the topic of magic has become dominated by speculation about supernatural causality and miraculous achievements and, following closely on the heels of these, mischiefmakers ... More


The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations

Stephen E. Braude

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226071527
eISBN:
9780226071534
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226071534.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

For over thirty years, the author of this book has studied the paranormal in everyday life, from extrasensory perception and psychokinesis to mediumship and materialization. The book is an account of ... More


Witchcraft, Science, and the Paranormal in Contemporary African Philosophy

Albert Mosley

in African Philosophy: New and Traditional Perspectives

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195114409
eISBN:
9780199785827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019511440X.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This essay explores the traditional African philosophical foundations that gave rise to current perspectives on the supernatural within contemporary African philosophical thought. It rejects the ... More


Critically thinking about paranormal belief

Peter Lamont

in Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain: Separating fact from fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198568773
eISBN:
9780191693779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

There are many examples of believers in spiritualism coming to similarly strange conclusions. They can be seen as glaring illustrations of how people can base their beliefs upon a lack of critical ... More


Ghosts in the Machine … and the House

Bradley J. Birzer

in Russell Kirk: American Conservative

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166186
eISBN:
9780813166643
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166186.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Unbeknownst to most lovers of the horror genre in fiction, the famous and well-published Russell Kirk is also the same Russell Kirk who founded postwar conservatism. Beginning in the late 1940s, Kirk ... More


The Agony of Mastery

Ian Bogost

in How To Talk About Videogames

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780816699117
eISBN:
9781452952406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816699117.003.0017
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

In this chapter, Bogost discusses the sublime agony that comes with mastering a craft—and still failing. He begins by talking about the superstitions of pro sports players. They are the best at what ... More


Windows of the Soul

Melissa Daggett

in Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans: The Life and Times of Henry Louis Rey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496810083
eISBN:
9781496810120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496810083.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter summarizes the first twenty-five years of Spiritualism on a national level. The Banner of Light continues to be the premier Spiritualist newspaper, and Fanny Conant’s column, “The ... More


Molly and Matilda: Old Savannah Specters

Tiya Miles

in Tales From the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469626338
eISBN:
9781469626352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626338.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter recounts the rise of Savannah, Georgia as a key tourist attraction for visitors interested in the paranormal. The chapter focuses on the Sorrel-Weed House, reportedly Savannah’s most ... More


Cosmism and Its Offshoots Today

George M. Young

in The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199892945
eISBN:
9780199950577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892945.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses Cosmism and related developments in Russia today. Institutions for the study and propagation of Cosmism include the Fedorov Museum in Moscow and the Tsiolkovsky Museum of ... More


Cognitive factors underlying paranormal beliefs and experiences

Christopher C. French and Krissy Wilson

in Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain: Separating fact from fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198568773
eISBN:
9780191693779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

It is clear that a wide range of situations exist that can potentially lead people to believe that they have experienced the paranormal when in fact they have not. The question regarding possible ... More


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