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Sudduth’s Work in Progress

Since January 2016 Sudduth has been exploring philosophical themes in fiction writing. In June 2017, Michael completed writing his first dark fiction novel – Gel. The story reflects his long-standing interests in abnormal psychology, horror fiction, and alleged evidence for reincarnation. He’s currently revising Gel and has two other psychological thriller-horror novels in progress. See Blogs on Fiction for his discussions related to fiction. 

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 7.50.04 AMSudduth’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.

Publications on Survival

“Undercutting Explanatory Survival Arguments” (forthcoming, Journal of Scientific Exploration, 2018)

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.)

“Is Survival the Best Explanation of the Data of Mediumship?” In The Survival Hypothesis: Essays on Mediumship, ed. Adam Rock (McFarland, 2014)

“A Critical Response to David Lund’s Argument for Postmortem Survival”, Journal of Scientific Exploration (2013), 27: 283-322

“Review of Chris Carter, Science and the Near-Death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death,” Journal of Parapsychology, 75 (2011)

“Super-Psi and the Survivalist Interpretation of Mediumship,” Journal of Scientific Exploration (2009),  23: 167-193.

Archive of blog posts on the topic of postmortem survival

Complete List of Sudduth Publications (1994 – Present)