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Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions / Edition 2
     

Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions / Edition 2

by David Benatar, Margaret A. Boden, Peter Caldwell, Fred Feldman, John Martin Fischer
 

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ISBN-10: 1442201703

ISBN-13: 9781442201705

Pub. Date: 01/16/2010

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Do our lives have meaning? Should we create more people? Is death bad? Should we commit suicide? Would it be better to be immortal? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Since Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions first appeared, David Benatar's distinctive anthology designed to introduce students to the key existential

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Do our lives have meaning? Should we create more people? Is death bad? Should we commit suicide? Would it be better to be immortal? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Since Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions first appeared, David Benatar's distinctive anthology designed to introduce students to the key existential questions of philosophy has won a devoted following among users in a variety of upper-level and even introductory courses. While many philosophers in the 'continental tradition'_those known as 'existentialists'_have engaged these issues at length and often with great popular appeal, English-speaking philosophers have had relatively little to say on these important questions. Yet, the methodology they bring to philosophical questions can, and occasionally has, been applied usefully to 'existential' questions. This volume draws together a representative sample of primarily English-speaking philosophers' reflections on life's big questions, divided into six sections, covering (1) the meaning of life, (2) creating people, (3) death, (4) suicide, (5) immortality, and (6) optimism and pessimism. These key readings are supplemented with helpful introductions, study questions, and suggestions for further reading, making the material accessible and interesting for students. In short, the book provides a singular introduction to the way that philosophy has dealt with the big questions of life that we are all tempted to ask.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442201705
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/16/2010
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Chapter 1: The Meaning of Life Chapter 4 The Meaning of Life Chapter 5 The Absurd Chapter 6 'Nothing Matters' Chapter 7 Philosophy and the Meaning of Life Chapter 8 Philosophy and the Meaning of Life Chapter 9 The Meanings of Life Part 10 Chapter 2: Creating People Chapter 11 Whether Causing Someone to Exist Can Benefit This Person Chapter 12 Why Not Let Life Become Extinct? Chapter 13 On Becoming Extinct Chapter 14 Why it is Better Never to Come into Existence Part 15 Chapter 3: Death Chapter 16 How to be Dead and Not Care: A Defense of Epicurus Chapter 17 The Misfortunes of the Dead Chapter 18 Annihilation Chapter 19 Some Puzzles About the Evil of Death Chapter 20 Pre-Vital and Post-Mortem Non-Existence Chapter 21 Why Death is not Bad for the One who Died Part 22 Chapter 4: Suicide Chapter 23 Of Suicide Chapter 24 Suicide and Duty Chapter 25 Suicide: A Qualified Defence Part 26 Chapter 5: Immortality Chapter 27 Immortality: A letter Chapter 28 The Makropulos case: reflections on the tedium of immortality Chapter 29 Why Immortality is Not So Bad Chapter 30 From here to eternity: Is it good to live forever? Part 31 Chapter 6: Optimism and Pessimism Chapter 32 Optimism Chapter 33 The Consolations of Optimism Chapter 34 The sad truth: optimism, pessimism, and pragmatism Chapter 35 On the Suffering of the World

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