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International Philosophical Quarterly

Volume 44, Issue 3, September 2004

L. Stafford Betty
Pages 373-392
DOI: 10.5840/ipq200444324

Mind, Paranormal Experience, and the Inadequacy of Materialism

Contemporary materialist theories purporting to account for experience are seriously flawed, for they fail to accommodate the full range of human experience, especially paranormal experience. Substance Dualism (SD) is re-examined in light of this experience, including telepathy and clairvoyance, mediumship, the near-death experience, and reincarnation cases involving children’s memories. A different kind of materialism postulating degrees of fi neness and vibration—one prefigured by the ancient Stoics and developed here under the heading Transcendental Materialism (TM)—is also explored. The inadequacies of both reductive and non-reductive materialism are shown. McGinn, Chalmers, and Searle are given special attention.

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