A History of Human Responses to Death: Mythologies, Rituals, and Ethics

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E. Mellen Press, 1990 - Philosophy - 508 pages
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This study examines death and its impact on human thinking from a biological and historical viewpoint. It finds that fear of death is the motive behind the human need to accomplish anything. It also discusses care of the terminally ill, mercy killing, suicide, and the death penalty.
 

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Contents

Man and death
3
Death as a natural phenomenon
37
Death and philosophy
75
Death and Religion
120
The pageant of death
196
World
203
Ethics and death
250
Inflicted death
299
Death and art
357
Death fear and courage
417
The Mythology of death
448
CONCLUSIONS
485
INDEX
499
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