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  • Copyright: 2012-05-15
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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.

Author Biography

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

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Thinking about Deathp. 1
Dualism versus Physicalismp. 6
Arguments for the Existence of the Soulp. 24
Descartes' Argumentp. 57
Plato the Immortality of the Soulp. 69
Personal Identityp. 98
Choosing between the Theoriesp. 132
The Nature of Deathp. 170
Two Surprising Claims about Deathp. 186
The Badness of Deathp. 205
Immortalityp. 234
The Value of Lifep. 247
Other Aspects of Deathp. 264
Living in the Face of Deathp. 282
Suicidep. 318
Conclusion: An Invitationp. 362
Notesp. 365
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 369
Indexp. 371
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