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Life, Death and Meaning Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions

ISBN-10: 1442201703
ISBN-13: 9781442201705
Edition: 2nd 2009
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Book details

List price: $64.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Do our lives have meaning? Should we create more people? Is death bad? Should we commit suicide? Would it be better if we were immortal? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Life, Death and Meaning brings together key readings, primarily by English-speaking philosophers, on such big questions.

The authors of this series are all professional artists or teachers.

Preface
Introduction
The Meaning of Life
The Meaning of Life
The Absurd
"Nothing Matters"
Philosophy and the Meaning of Life
Philosophy and the Meaning of Life
The Meanings of Life
Suggestions for Further Reading on the Meaning of Life
Creating People
Whether Causing Someone to Exist Can Benefit This Person
Why Not Let Life Become Extinct?
On Becoming Extinct
Why It Is Better Never to Come into Existence
Suggestions for Further Reading on Creating People
Death
How to Be Dead and Not Care: A Defense of Epicurus
The Misfortunes of the Dead
Annihilation
Some Puzzles About the Evil of Death
Pie-Vital and Post-Mortem Non-Existence
Why Death Is Not Bad for the One Who Died
Suggestions for Further Reading on Death
Suicide
Of Suicide
Suicide and Duty
Suicide: A Qualified Defense
Suggestions for Further Reading on Suicide
Immortality
Immortality: A Letter
The Makropulos Case: Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality
Why Immortality Is Not So Bad
"From Here to Eternity": Is It Good to Live Forever?
Suggestions for Further Reading on Immortality
Optimism and Pessimism
Optimism
The Consolations of Optimism
The Sad Truth: Optimism, Pessimism, and Pragmatism
On the Sufferings of the World
Suggestions for Further Reading on Optimism and Pessimism
Index
About the Contributors

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