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Description: There is one thing we can be sure of: we are all going to die. But once we accept that fact, the questions begin. In this thought-provoking book, philosophy professor Shelly Kagan examines the myriad questions that arise when we confront the meaning of mortality. Do we have reason to believe in the existence of immortal souls? Should we accept an account according to which people are just material objects, nothing more? Can we make sense of the idea of surviving the death of one’s body? If I won’t exist after I die, can death truly bebadfor me? Would immortality be desirable? Is fear of death appropriate? Is suicide ever justified? How should Ilivein the face of death?Written in an informal and conversational style, this stimulating and provocative book challenges many widely held views about death, as it invites the reader to take a fresh look at one of the central features of the human condition—the fact that we will die.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 5/4/2012
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
|Thinking about Death|
|Dualism versus Physicalism|
|Arguments for the Existence of the Soul|
|Plato the Immortality of the Soul|
|Choosing between the Theories|
|The Nature of Death|
|Two Surprising Claims about Death|
|The Badness of Death|
|The Value of Life|
|Other Aspects of Death|
|Living in the Face of Death|
|Conclusion: An Invitation|
|Suggestions for Further Reading|