"As a collection on cutting-edge work in metaphysics of death and, to a lesser extent, related ethical issues, this is a solid collection that both engages recent debates and furnishes multiple possible directions that these debates may take." Metapsychology Online Reviews
The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Deathby Ben Bradley (Editor), Fred Feldman (Editor), Jens Johansson (Editor)
Death has long been a pre-occupation of philosophers, and this is especially so today. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death collects 21 newly commissioned essays that cover current philosophical thinking of death-related topics across the entire range of the discipline. These include metaphysical topics--such as the nature of death, the possibility of an afterlife, the nature of persons, and how our thinking about time affects what we think about death--as well as axiological topics, such as whether death is bad for its victim, what makes it bad to die, what attitude it is fitting to take towards death, the possibility of posthumous harm, and the desirability of immortality. The contributors also explore the views of ancient philosophers such as Aristotle, Plato and Epicurus on topics related to the philosophy of death, and questions in normative ethics, such as what makes killing wrong when it is wrong, and whether it is wrong to kill fetuses, non-human animals, combatants in war, and convicted murderers.
Meet the Author
Ben Bradley is Allan and Anita Sutton Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University.
Fred Feldman is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Jens Johannson is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Uppsala Universitet.
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