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What Is It Like To Be Dead?Near-Death Experiences, Christianity, and the Occult$
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Jens Schlieter

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190888848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190888848.001.0001

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Experiences of Dying and Death

Experiences of Dying and Death

(p.11) 1.2 Experiences of Dying and Death
What Is It Like To Be Dead?

Jens Schlieter

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks more closely to the truth claims and verification strategies of near-death reports, discussing, among others, views by Carol Zaleski and Michael N. Marsh. The example of a reported near-death experience by John G. Bennett is taken as an example of how experiencers claim that they had been dead while having the respective experiences. In contrast, for the aim of the study, death is defined as the irreversible end of dying. As can be seen in Bennett’s portrayal, a positive answer on “what it is like to be dead” rests heavily on how “death” gets defined, usually blurring the distinction of death versus deprived states close to death.

Keywords:   near-death reports, autobiographical narratives, near-death experience in fiction and film, reference ambition, experiencers, truth-claims

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