Life, Death, & Meaning / Edition 1by David Benatar
Pub. Date: 09/28/2004
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 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.' See more details below
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.'
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 I 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 11 II Creating People Chapter 12 Whether Causing Someone to Exist Can Benefit This Person Chapter 13 Why Not Let Life Become Extinct? Chapter 14 On Becoming Extinct Chapter 15 Why it is Better Never to Come into Existence Part 16 III Death Chapter 17 How to be Dead and Not Care: A Defense of Epicurus Chapter 18 The Misfortunes of the Dead Chapter 19 Annihilation Chapter 20 Some Puzzles About the Evil of Death Chapter 21 Pre-Vital and Post-Mortem Non-Existence Chapter 22 Why Death is not Bad for the One who Died Part 23 IV Suicide Chapter 24 Of Suicide Chapter 25 Suicide and Duty Chapter 26 The Morality and Rationality of Suicide Part 27 V Immortality Chapter 28 Immortality: A Letter Chapter 29 The Makropulos Case: Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality Chapter 30 Why Immortality Is Not So Bad Part 31 VI Optimism and Pessimism Chapter 32 Optimism Chapter 33 The Consolations of Optimism Chapter 34 On the Sufferings of the World
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