Bibliographic Details

The philosophy of death / Steven Luper.

Author / Creator Luper, Steven.
Imprint Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Description ix, 253 p. ; 24 cm.
Language English
Subject Death.
Death -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Death -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Format Print, Book
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ISBN 0521882494 (hbk.)
0521709121 (pbk.)
9780521882491 (hbk.)
9780521709125 (pbk.)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-231) and index.
Review by Choice Review

Luper (Trinity Univ.) offers a series of finely tuned analyses of the concepts of life and existence, death and dying, harm, and interests. These become the basis for a thorough discussion of the issue of "killing" and whether and why it might be morally objectionable or morally permissible. Luper discusses different arguments such as the harm account, the subject value account, and the consent account, as well as a combined view. Using this discussion as a foundation, he addresses the thesis that suicide and euthanasia can be chosen rationally and morally and that assistance of suicide or euthanasia is also morally permissible. The book emphasizes choosing a responsible method and taking into account foresight and intention. The final chapter analyzes the pros and cons of the "comparable lives argument" against the moral permissibility of abortion. The author discusses critically a number of pro arguments, such as those of the person or mind essentialists; a view of "interests" provides the idea that desires one would have developed if not killed have no bearing on one's welfare. These detailed analyses provide clarity to the issues. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. J. A. Kegley California State University, Bakersfield

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