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Looking Forward to Death?<sup>1</sup>

Robert C. Solomon

in Spirituality for the Skeptic

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195134674
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833733 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134672.003.0008
Looking Forward to Death?1

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Death has always been an obvious part of life, but we find it easy to deny death because it touches most of us so rarely. But there are many ways of denying death, including philosophical postures that evade the real issues in favor of logical puzzles. Epicurus introduced one such puzzle many years ago when he declared “death is nothing.” But death is also fetishized in contemporary culture. What is missing from most philosophical accounts is a sense of the social dimension of death.

Keywords: death is nothing; death; Epicurus; soul; spirituality

Chapter.  8010 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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