Readership: The primary audience will be advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers in philosophical issues pertaining to death. Some chapters will be accessible to a broader audience and to beginning students, such as those by Feldman, Olson, Bergstrom, Matthews, Norcross and Tannsjo.
Edited by Ben Bradley, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University, Fred Feldman, Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Jens Johansson, postdoctoral fellow, Uehiro Centre, Oxford University
Ben Bradley is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University.
Fred Feldman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Jens Johannson is a postdoctoral fellow at the Uehiro Centre, Oxford University.
"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 temporal persistence, 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 concepts and arguments are clear. The argumentation will be accessible for those
possessing basic familiarity with analytic methodology." - D.A. Forbes, CHOICE
Introduction: The Philosophy of Death
Ben Bradley, Fred Feldman, Jens Johansson
1. When Do Things Die?
2. Death and the Disintegration of Personality
3. The Person and the Corpse
4. Personal Identity and the Survival of Death
5. The Evil of Death: What Can Metaphysics Contribute?
6. Death and Eternal Recurrence
7. Death in Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
Gareth B. Matthews
8. When Death Is There, We Are Not: Epicurus on Pleasure and Death
9. The Badness of Death and the Goodness of Life
10. The Symmetry Problem
11. The Timing Problem
12. Death, Value, and Desire
13.Death and Rational Emotion
14. Retroactive Harms and Wrongs
John Martin Fischer
16. The Makropulos Case Revisited: Reflections on Immortality and Agency
17. The Wrongness of Killing and the Badness of Death
18. Abortion and Death
19. The Morality of Killing in War
20. The Significance of Death for Animals
21. Capital Punishment