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Death

Shelly Kagan

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Shelly Kagan

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There is one thing we can be sure of: we are all going to die. But once we accept that fact, the questions begin. In this thought-provoking book, philosophy professor Shelly Kagan examines the myriad questions that arise when we confront the meaning of mortality. Do we have reason to believe in the existence of immortal souls? Or should we accept an account according to which people are just material objects, nothing more? Can we make sense of the idea of surviving the death of one's body? If I won't exist after I die, can death truly be bad for me? Would immortality be desirable? Is fear of death appropriate? Is suicide ever justified? How should I live in the face of death?

Written in an informal and conversational style, this stimulating and provocative book challenges many widely held views about death, as it invites the reader to take a fresh look at one of the central features of the human condition - the fact that we will die.

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Year
2012
ISBN
9780300183429
Dualism 
versus 
Physicalism 
23
a 
soul 
and 
the 
soul 
is 
an 
immaterial 
object. 
And 
in 
this 
book, 
when 
I 
use 
the 
word 
‚Äúsoul,‚Ä̬†
I 
will 
try 
to 
reserve 
it 
for 
that 
particular 
metaphysical 
view, 
according 
to 
which 
souls 
are 
something 
immaterial. 
In 
contrast 
to 
that, 
of 
course, 
we’ve 
also 
got 
the 
physicalist 
view. 
Physicalists 
also 
believe 
in 
minds. 
But 
according 
to 
physicalists, 
minds 
are 
just 
a 
way 
of 
talking 
about 
the 
abilities 
of 
the 
body. 
Physicalists 
certainly 
do 
not
believe 
in 
immaterial 
souls 
of 
the 
sort 
that 
dualists 
believe 
in. 
So 
just 
to 
keep 
things 
clear, 
I 
will 
say 
that 
physicalists 
do 
not 
believe 
in 
souls 
at 
all. 
ey 
believe 
in 
minds, 
but 
not 
in 
souls.
Our 
question, 
then, 
is 
this: 
who 
should 
we 
believe, 
the 
dualist 
or 
the 
physicalist? 
Are 
there 
souls, 
or 
not?

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Citation styles for Death
APA 6 Citation
Kagan, S. (2012). Death (1st ed.). Yale University Press. Retrieved from https://www.perlego.com/book/1089780/death-pdf (Original work published 2012)
Chicago Citation
Kagan, Shelly. (2012) 2012. Death. 1st ed. Yale University Press. https://www.perlego.com/book/1089780/death-pdf.
Harvard Citation
Kagan, S. (2012) Death. 1st edn. Yale University Press. Available at: https://www.perlego.com/book/1089780/death-pdf (Accessed: 14 October 2022).
MLA 7 Citation
Kagan, Shelly. Death. 1st ed. Yale University Press, 2012. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.