The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death by Ben BradleyThe Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death by Ben Bradley

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

EditorBen Bradley, Fred Feldman, Jens Johansson

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Death has long been a pre-occupation of philosophers, and this is especially so today. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death collects 21 newly commissioned essays that cover current philosophical thinking of death-related topics across the entire range of the discipline. These includemetaphysical topics - such as the nature of death, the possibility of an afterlife, the nature of persons, and how our thinking about time affects what we think about death - as well as axiological topics, such as whether death is bad for its victim, what makes it bad to die, what attitude it isfitting to take towards death, the possibility of posthumous harm, and the desirability of immortality. The contributors also explore the views of ancient philosophers such as Aristotle, Plato and Epicurus on topics related to the philosophy of death, and questions in normative ethics, such as whatmakes killing wrong when it is wrong, and whether it is wrong to kill fetuses, non-human animals, combatants in war, and convicted murderers. With chapters written by a wide range of experts in metaphysics, ethics, and conceptual analysis, and designed to give the reader a comprehensive view of recent developments in the philosophical study of death, this Handbook will appeal to a broad audience in philosophy, particularly in ethics andmetaphysics.

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Ben Bradley is Allan and Anita Sutton Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University. Fred Feldman is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jens Johannson is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Uppsala Universitet.
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Title:The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of DeathFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.49 × 6.69 × 1.1 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"This handbook offers a diverse survey of contemporary work with some discussion of its historical touchstones (particularly the thought of Epicurus and Lucretius). Topics range from ordinary-language analysis of the concept of death, and the associated problems personal identity and temporalpersistence, to value-oriented examination of whether death is bad or evil, the possibility and value of immortality, and what constitutes the wrongness of killing. Contributors make frequent and helpful use of thought experiments and references to popular culture to ensure that difficult conceptsand arguments are clear. The argumentation will be accessible for those possessing basic familiarity with analytic methodology." --D.A. Forbes, CHOICE