Death: Philosophical Soundings / Edition 1

Death: Philosophical Soundings / Edition 1

by Herbert Fingarette
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812693302

ISBN-13: 9780812693300

Pub. Date: 02/05/1999

Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company


No one who reads this book will ever again think of their own death in the same way.

Fingarette faces up to the reality of death and demolishes some popular errors in our thinking about death. He examines the metaphors which mislead us: death as parting, death as sleep, immortality as the denial of death, and selflessness as a kind of consolation.

He

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No one who reads this book will ever again think of their own death in the same way.

Fingarette faces up to the reality of death and demolishes some popular errors in our thinking about death. He examines the metaphors which mislead us: death as parting, death as sleep, immortality as the denial of death, and selflessness as a kind of consolation.

He thinks through some of the more illuminating metaphors: death as the end of the world for me, death as the conclusion of a story, life as ceremony, and life as a tourist visit to earth. Fingarette goes on to discuss living a future without end and living a present without bounds. The author offers no facile consolation, but he identifies the true root of fear of death, and explains how the meaning of death can be reconceived.

"All of Herbert Fingarette's books are enormously personal voyages that explore with philosophical honesty real life dilemmas: self-deception, cultural alterity, the role of ritual, the achievement of personhood, justifications for alcoholism, and now death. One of Fingarette's most important career accomplishments". -- Roger T. Ames Philosophy East & West

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812693300
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/05/1999
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
973,032
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1The Meaning of Death1
What Is There To Be Explored?3
1Death at the Mirror Image of Life5
Metaphors That Deceive13
2Separation, Sleep15
3Immortality, Selflessness21
Metaphors That Enlighten27
4The World as My Life29
5Life as Story39
6Life as a Visit to Earth47
7The Ceremony of Life56
Living in Time65
8Living a Future without End67
9Living a Present without Bounds73
Perspective on Life and Death81
10"Before, I had heard - Now I see" Job 42:583
Pt. 2Other Voices, Other Visions91
Leo Tolstoy97
Blaise Pascal107
Miguel de Unamuno111
Bertrand Russell117
Chuang Tzu119
Eugene Ionesco127
Albert Camus133
Bhagavad Gita139
Arthur Schopenhauer143
Sigmund Freud149
Marcus Aurelius159
Michel de Montaigne165
David Hume169
Index174

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