The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Death

The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Death

by Ben Bradley
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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.

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"This handbook offers a diverse survey of contemporary work with some discussion of its historical touchstones (particularly the thought of Epicurus and Lucretius). Topics range from ordinary-language analysis of the concept of death, and the associated problems personal identity and temporal persistence, to value-oriented examination of whether death is bad or evil, the possibility and value of immortality, and what constitutes the wrongness of killing. Contributors make frequent and helpful use of thought experiments and references to popular culture to ensure that difficult concepts and arguments are clear. The argumentation will be accessible for those possessing basic familiarity with analytic methodology."--D.A. Forbes, CHOICE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195388923
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/03/2012
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.70(d)

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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