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There is one thing we can be sure of: we are all going to die. But once we accept that fact, the questions begin. In this thought-provoking book, philosophy professor Shelly Kagan examines the myriad questions that arise when we confront the meaning of mortality. Do we have reason to believe in the existence of immortal souls? Should we accept an account according to which people are just material objects, nothing more? Can we make sense of the idea of surviving the death of one's body? If I won't exist after I die, can death truly be badfor me? Would immortality be desirable? Is fear of death appropriate? Is suicide ever justified? How should I livein the face of death? Written in an informal and conversational style, this stimulating and provocative book challenges many widely held views about death, as it invites the reader to take a fresh look at one of the central features of the human conditionthe fact that we will die.
Shelly Kagan is Clark Professor of Philosophy, Yale University. He is the author of Normative Ethics and The Limits of Morality. He lives in Hamden, CT.
Table of Contents
Thinking about Death
Dualism versus Physicalism
Arguments for the Existence of the Soul
Plato the Immortality of the Soul
Choosing between the Theories
The Nature of Death
Two Surprising Claims about Death
The Badness of Death
The Value of Life
Other Aspects of Death
Living in the Face of Death
Conclusion: An Invitation
Suggestions for Further Reading
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