The Metaphysics and Ethics of Death: New Essays by James Stacey TaylorThe Metaphysics and Ethics of Death: New Essays by James Stacey Taylor

The Metaphysics and Ethics of Death: New Essays

EditorJames Stacey Taylor

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The questions that surround death - Is death a harm to the person who dies? Should we be afraid of death? Can the dead be harmed? Can they be wronged? - have been of widespread interest since Classical times. This interest is currently enjoying a renaissance across a broad spectrum ofphilosophical fields, ranging from metaphysics to bioethics. This volume is the first to bring together original essays that both address the fundamental questions of the metaphysics of death and explore the relationship between those questions and some of the areas of applied ethics in which theyplay a central role.The essays in Part I of this volume examine some of the Classical approaches to fundamental metaphysical questions surrounding death, addressing in particular the question of whether a person's death can be a harm to her. The theme of the value of death is continued in Part II, with essaysaddressing this issue through a more contemporary lens. The essays in Part III address the related but separate issue of whether persons can be harmed by events that occur after they die. Finally, the essays in Part IV apply the metaphysical issues addressed in Parts I through III to various issuesin bioethics, including the question of posthumous organ procurement, suicide, and survival after brain injury. Written by some of the most prominent philosophers working on these issues today, the essays in this volume showcase the state of the art of both the metaphysics of death and its importance to many areas of applied ethics.
James Stacey Taylor is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at The College of New Jersey. He primarily writes on autonomy theory, and the metaphysics of death, as well as on how these theoretical issues relate to matters of practical ethical concern.
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Title:The Metaphysics and Ethics of Death: New EssaysFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 18, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsAcknowledgementsJames Stacey Taylor: IntroductionSection I: Classical Approaches to Death and their CriticsMartha Nussbaum: The Damage of Death: Incomplete Arguments and False ConsolationsJames Warren: The harm of death in Cicero's first Tusculan disputationKai Draper: Epicurus on the Value of DeathSection II: Death, and the Value of DeathHarry S. Silverstein: The Evil of Death One More Time: Parallels between Time and SpaceSteven Luper: AdaptationBen Bradley and Kris McDaniel: Death and DesiresPalle Yourgrau: Kripke's MosesStephen E. Rosenbaum: Concepts of Value and Our Thinking about DeathSection III: Posthumous HarmGeoffrey Scarre: The Vulnerability of the DeadBarbara Baum Levenbook: Welfare and Harm After DeathSection IV: Death and BioethicsJohn Harris: Doing Posthumous HarmDavid Benatar: Suicide: A Qualified DefenseWalter Glannon: Brain Injury and SurvivalIndex