Bibliographic Details

The metaphysics and ethics of death : new essays / [edited by] James Stacey Taylor.

Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2013]
Description xii, 271 pages ; 25 cm
Language English
Subject Death.
Format Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Taylor, James Stacey, 1970- editor of compilation.
ISBN 9780199751136 (alk. paper)
0199751137 (alk. paper)
9780199315543 (updf)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
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These essays focus on questions about death. Should it be feared? Is it always harmful to the person? Can the dead be harmed? The various answers provided affect issues such as the death penalty, suicide, organ harvesting, euthanasia, and the definition of murder. Thus, can suicide be rational or ethical? Metaphysical issues also arise. Are only present objects existent? What about time? When does death harm--prior, during, or after death, or in an indefinite time? Is there posthumous harm, and who is harmed--the postmortem person or that person's life narrative? The concept of person has both metaphysical and ethical dimensions. Do persons go out of existence when they permanently lose all integrated cortical function in the brain? If so, what implications are there for those with profound amnesia or severe brain injury? This volume discusses challenges to the classical Epicurean view (e.g., the deprivation objections) and reveals assumptions such as hedonism and views of existence. A discussion of Kripke asks this: logically, what is expressed by the quantifier "there are"? Finally, do strategies adapting desires remove the fear and harm of death? Readers will find much of interest in this volume. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty. J. A. Kegley California State University, Bakersfield

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
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