How porous is the border between life and death? How do the dead influence the living and in what way? What can Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and the two Limbos tell us of our contemporary world today?
In The Mirror of Death, Kristof K.P. Vanhoutte explores the hermeneutical potential of the regions in the hereafter. After an exciting voyage through the emergence of the afterlife and of the constancy of death’s presence in the history of humanity, Vanhoutte shows, through the study of the nature and genealogy of the various realms in the beyond, how an invigoratingly new and critical perspective of a wide variety of contemporary phenomena is unveiled when reading them through the interpretative lens of these regions where the dead dwell. Modern politics, our fellow human beings, the times of our lives, the capitalistic economic system, medicalization, wokism, and living in crisis will never look the same.
Kristof K.P. Vanhoutte is a philosopher and research fellow at the department of philosophy of the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. His previous books include Limbo Reapplied. On Living in Perennial Crisis and the Immanent Afterlife and Purgatory. Philosophical Dimensions.
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Philosophy and Death
Part I. Death and the Realms of the Afterlife
Chapter 1. Genealogy of the Geography of the Beyond
Chapter 2. Death and its (non)Places
Part II. Hermeneutical Reflections of the Beyond
Chapter 3. Hell
Chapter 4. Heaven
Chapter 5. Purgatory
Chapter 6. Limbo of the Fathers
Chapter 7. Limbo of the Children
About the Author