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Stephen Braude is professor of philosophy and chairman of the philosophy department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. After publishing a number of articles in the philosophy of language, temporal logic, and the philosophy of time, he turned his attention to several related problems in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of mind — in particular, questions concerning causality, scientific explanation generally, and psychological explanation specifically. Along the way, he examined the evidence of parapsychology to see whether it would provide new insights into these and other traditional philosophical issues. After that, he shifted his focus to problems in philosophical psychopathology, writing extensively on the connections between dissociation and classic philosophical problems as well as central issues in parapsychology—for example, the unity of consciousness, multiple personality and moral responsibility, and the nature of mental mediumship. He is past president of the Parapsychological Association and the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the BIAL Foundation. He has published more than fifty philosophical essays, and four books.: ESP and Psychokinesis: A Philosophical Examination (2002), The Limits of Influence: Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science (1997), First Person Plural: Multiple Personality and the Philosophy of Mind (1995) and Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life After Death (2003). He is also a professional pianist and composer and a prize-winning stereo photographer.
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Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life After Death
by Stephen E. Braude

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ESP and Psychokinesis:
A Philosophical Examination

by Stephen Braude
This work was the first sustained philosophical study of psychic phenomena to follow C.D. Broad's Lectures on Psychical Research, written nearly twenty years earlier. The author clearly defines the categories of psychic phenomena, surveys the most compelling experimental data, and traces their implications for the philosophy of science and the philosophy of mind. He considers carefully the abstract presuppositions underlying leading theories of psychic phenomena, and he offers bold criticisms of both mechanistic analyses of communication and psychophysical identity theories. In addition, he challenges the received view that experimental repeatability is the paramount criterion for evaluating parapsychological research, and he exposes the deep confusions underlying Jung's concept of synchronicity.

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The Limits of Influence:
Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science

by Stephen Braude
The Limits of Influence is a detailed examination and defense of the evidence for largescale-psychokinesis (PK). It examines the reasons why experimental evidence has not, and perhaps cannot, convince most skeptics that PK is genuine, and it considers why traditional experimental procedures are important to reveal interesting facts about the phenomena. It then examines why PK does not pose a clear threat to the very fabric of science, and many have supposed. The major skeptical challenges to taking large-scale PK seriously and the reason why those challenges are all unsatisfactory are considered. The evidence examined most closely is the turn-of-the-century evidence for physical mediumship, with special attention given to the cases of D.D. Home and Eusapio Palladino. The author compares and evaluates the leading theories of apparitions and considers the extent to which the evidence for collective apparitions can be interpreted as a further type of psychokinetic phenomenon. Finally, the claim that PK (and psychic functioning generally) might occur in refined and extensive forms is considered. It argues that this claim is not as outlandish as many have maintained and that we might have to accept something like the "magical" world view associated with so-called "primitive" societies.

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First Person Plural:
Multiple Personality and the Philosophy of Mind

by Stephen Braude
Do people with multiple "personalities" have more than one "self"? The first full-length philosophical study of multiple personality disorder, "First Person Plural" maintains that even the deeply divided multiple personality contains an underlying psychological unity. Braude updates his work in this revised edition to discuss recent empirical and conceptual developments, including the charge that clinicians induce false memories in their patients, and the professional redefinition of "multiple personality disorder" as "dissociative identity disorder."

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