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Inventing afterlives : the stories we tell ourselves about life after death

Author: Regina M Janes
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
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Why is belief in an afterlife so persistent across times and cultures? And how can it coexist with disbelief in an afterlife? Most modern thinkers hold that afterlife belief serves such important psychological and social purposes as consoling survivors, enforcing morality, dispensing justice, or giving life meaning. Yet the earliest, and some more recent, afterlives strikingly fail to satisfy those needs. Regina M.  Read more...
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Janes, Regina M.
Inventing afterlives.
New York : Columbia University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018009938
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Regina M Janes
ISBN: 9780231185707 0231185707 0231185715 9780231185714
OCLC Number: 1013720994
Description: xvii, 371 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface 1. Concerning the Present State of Life After Death 2. Impermanent Eternities: Egypt, Sumer and Babylon, Ancient Israel, Greece, and Rome3. Touring Asian Afterlives: Eternal Impermanence4. Pursuing Happiness: How the Enlightenment Invented an Afterlife to Wish For5. Wandafuru Raifu or Afterlife Inventions and VariationsNotesIndex
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Regina M. Janes proposes a new theory of the origins of the hereafter. Drawing on a variety of religious traditions and contemporary literature and film as well as cognitive science and evolutionary  Read more...

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