LaughterMichael Sudduth (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is a philosopher of religion with a background in analytic philosophy, Christian theology, and eastern philosophy and religion.  His spiritual journey has led him from the Christian tradition to the Vaishnava bhakti traditions of India, the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, and Zen Buddhism, each of which informs his approach to the Transcendent.  He is a professor in the Philosophy Department at San Francisco State University and a resident at Jikoji Zen Meditation Retreat CenterHis interests include the philosophy of western and eastern theism, the nature of religious experience, the philosophical and empirical dimensions to belief in life after deathVaishnavism and Christian mysticism, Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism, and Jungian psychology and IFS therapy.

Forthcoming (Fall 2015) – A Philosophical Critique of Empirical Arguments for Post-mortem Survival (Palgrave Macmillan – Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion) Available for Pre-Order at Amazon.

Michael Sudduth provides a critical exploration of classical empirical arguments for post-mortem survival—arguments that purport to show that data collected from ostensibly paranormal phenomena constitute good evidence for the survival of the self or individual consciousness after death.  Focusing specifically on arguments based on the data of out-of-body/near-death experiences, mediumship, and cases of the reincarnation type, he aims to revive the tradition of empirical inquiry into life after death associated with philosophers William James, C.D. Broad, H.H. Price, and C.J. Ducasse. Sudduth proposes to advance the debate with a novel approach.  For the first time, the traditional arguments are formalized using the tools of formal epistemology.  Sudduth shows that this procedure exposes the Achilles Heel of the classical arguments, a self-defeating dependence on auxiliary assumptions. He further argues that when reformulated in the light of the “problem of auxiliaries,” long-standing skeptical objections to survival arguments are immune to traditional survivalist counter-arguments.  For further details, see Book Overview.


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