Erich Klawonn, Mind and Death: A Metaphysical Investigation. Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark. 2009. 150 pp. $27.50.

Erich Klawonn, Mind and Death: A Metaphysical Investigation. Odense: University Press of Southern... 282 Book Reviews / Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 41 (2010) 269–288 Erich Klawonn, Mind and Death: A Metaphysical Investigation . Odense: Univer- sity Press of Southern Denmark. 2009. 150 pp. $27.50. Reviewed By : James G. Hart, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Religious Studies and Adjunct in Philosophy, Indiana University Erich Klawonn, a professor at the Southern University of Denmark, believes that questions which were of utmost importance to philosophy and human interest in general have fallen victim to “cultural repression” to such an extent that it has become almost impossible to discuss them within the limits of academic respect- ability; in particular he has in mind questions about whether the mind or self may be regarded as a non-physical substance and what the fate of the mind or self is after death. At the outset (12), Klawonn grants to the materialist Zeitgeist the possibility that the content of consciousness is “functionally dependent on underlying phys- ical processes, in particular processes in the central nervous system.” I take this to mean three things: a) there is a complete correlation, “so that each and every part of the concrete experiential content that presents itself in the first person perspec- tive http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Phenomenological Psychology Brill

Erich Klawonn, Mind and Death: A Metaphysical Investigation. Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark. 2009. 150 pp. $27.50.

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282 Book Reviews / Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 41 (2010) 269–288 Erich Klawonn, Mind and Death: A Metaphysical Investigation . Odense: Univer- sity Press of Southern Denmark. 2009. 150 pp. $27.50. Reviewed By : James G. Hart, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Religious Studies and Adjunct in Philosophy, Indiana University Erich Klawonn, a professor at the Southern University of Denmark, believes that questions which were of utmost importance to philosophy and human interest in general have fallen victim to “cultural repression” to such an extent that it has become almost impossible to discuss them within the limits of academic respect- ability; in particular he has in mind questions about whether the mind or self may be regarded as a non-physical substance and what the fate of the mind or self is after death. At the outset (12), Klawonn grants to the materialist Zeitgeist the possibility that the content of consciousness is “functionally dependent on underlying phys- ical processes, in particular processes in the central nervous system.” I take this to mean three things: a) there is a complete correlation, “so that each and every part of the concrete experiential content that presents itself in the first person perspec- tive

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