Authors
Michael Sudduth
San Francisco State University
Abstract
James Matlock’s Signs of Reincarnation discusses important issues related to the belief in reincarnation. These include the historical and social prominence of this belief in various cultures around the world, especially its place in spiritual and religious communities. Matlock also explores data seemly suggestive of reincarnation and attempts to develop a theory of reincarnation that can account for the data collected by parapsychological investigators and researchers. In this way, Matlock aims to show that belief in reincarnation is defensible as a conclusion drawn from what he calls “signs” of reincarnation. Matlock does a good job mapping out the wide range of beliefs about reincarnation across time and culture. His description of various case studies and their salient features is highly informative. And his effort to develop a theory of reincarnation—what he calls a “processual soul theory”—is a laudable attempt at trying to accommodate the various details of interesting case studies and a core idea of reincarnation in the spiritual traditions of the world. Unfortunately, this is where my praise ends. Like many other books on the topic, Matlock’s book suffers from a variety of serious defects. The cavalcade of poor scholarship, conceptual confusion, and impoverished argumentation is particularly egregious given that Signs is allegedly based on the lecture notes for Matlock’s course on reincarnation pitched at the advanced undergraduate or Masters-level graduate seminar. In what follows, I’ll explain why Matlock’s book is paradigmatic of nearly everything that’s wrong with survival research over the past thirty years.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,265
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Who Wants to Live Forever?Claire White - 2017 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 17 (5):419-436.
Reincarnation Redux.Steven D. Hales - 2001 - Philosophia 28 (1-4):359-367.
The Possibility of Reincarnation.Harold W. Noonan - 1990 - Religious Studies 26 (4):483-491.
The Case for Reincarnation.James Petrik - 2017 - In Donald Borchert (ed.), Philosophy: Religion. Boston, MA, USA: Macmillan Reference. pp. 277-302.
Reincarnation and Infinite Punishment in Hell.Gianluca Di Muzio - 2013 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 74 (2):167-180.
Reincarnation in World Thought. [REVIEW]O. H. S. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (3):585-585.
Historical Threads the Idea of Reincarnation.Liliya Kompaniec - 2013 - Ukrainian Religious Studies 71:120-126.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2021-03-17

Total views
22 ( #513,232 of 2,507,695 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #209,530 of 2,507,695 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes