The Illusion of Immortality Author:Corliss Lamont, John Dewey This book stands as the intelligent man's guide to the age-long problem of immortality. Dr. Lamont gives a clear and candid answer to the question, presenting in simple yet scientific terms the case for man's mortality. He surveys the chief religious conceptions of an afterlife from ancient times to the twentieth century, and analyzes these view... more »s in the light of modern science and philosophy. As John Dewey says, "It is an extraordinarily complete and well-informed discussion of the problem of continuing personal life after death ... and worthy of the serious attention of all thoughtful persons."
In place of traditional beliefs in a hereafter Dr. Lamont offers a philosophy of joyous affirmation based on freedom, happiness and economic abundance for all mankind in this life. In place of immortality for the individual, he suggests that the human race, relying upon reason, science and social cooperation, may achieve eternal life upon this earth and within this natural world.
First published in 1935 and now thoroughly revised in its third edition, THE ILLUSION OF IMMORTALITY has become recognized-by both those who agree and those who disagree with its main thesis-as the outstanding work in America that presents the unorthodox view regarding personal survival.« less