Sudduth’s current writing is primarily focused on the topic of postmortem survival, the survival of the self or consciousness after biological death. Although long interested in religious conceptions of survival and the afterlife, Sudduth’s primary interest is the philosophical exploration of survival and its relation to empirical research into the question of survival, for example, the critical examination of data drawn from near-death experiences, mediumistic communications, and ostensible past-life memories (and other data allegedly suggestive of reincarnation). In addition to recent publications, his current discussions on the topic may be found in his blog. Recent posts include: “In Defense of Sam Harris on Near-Death Experiences,” “Unmasking Survivalist Presumptions,” and “What’s Wrong with Survival Literature.” As part of his continuing work in epistemology, Sudduth is also currently working on an invited article on “defeaters” for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
In addition to academic/scholarly writing, since January 2016 Sudduth has been working on a dark fiction novel (working title Shadow at the Door). The novel explores trauma, dissociative phenomena, and the paranormal, including phenomena suggestive of life after death. The scheduled completion date is December 2016. His recent blogs have explored fiction writing: Stephen King and the Path of Fiction and A Head Full of Ghosts, A Review.
Publications on Survival
“Undercutting Explanatory Survival Arguments” (forthcoming, Journal of Scientific Exploration, 2017)
A Philosophical Critique of Empirical Arguments for Postmortem Survival (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). (For further details, visit Facebook – Philosophy of Postmortem Survival, or read Book Overview or sample chapter.)