The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

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Ben Bradley, Fred Feldman, Jens Johansson
OUP USA, Jan 10, 2013 - Philosophy - 528 pages
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. With chapters written by a wide range of experts in metaphysics, ethics, and conceptual analysis, and designed to give the reader a comprehensive view of recent developments in the philosophical study of death, this Handbook will appeal to a broad audience in philosophy, particularly in ethics and metaphysics.
 

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Contents

Philosophy of Death
1
1 When Do Things Die?
5
2 Death and the Disintegration of Personality
60
3 The Person and the Corpse
80
4 Personal Identity and the Survival of Death
97
What Can Metaphysics Contribute?
155
6 Death and Eternal Recurrence
167
7 Death in Socrates Plato and Aristotle
186
12 Death Value and Desire
274
13 Death and Rational Emotion
297
14 Retroactive Harms and Wrongs
317
15 Immortality
336
Reflections on Immortality and Agency
355
17 The Wrongness of Killing and the Badness of Death
391
18 Abortion and Death
409
Some Traditional and Nontraditional Views
432

Epicurus on Pleasure and Death
200
9 The Badness of Death and the Goodness of Life
218
10 The Symmetry Problem
234
11 The Timing Problem
255
20 The Significance of Death for Animals
465
21 Capital Punishment
475
Index
495
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Ben Bradley is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University.

Fred Feldman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Jens Johannson is a postdoctoral fellow at the Uehiro Centre, Oxford University.

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