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Thinking Death in the Face

Robert C. Solomon

in The Joy of Philosophy

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165401
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870103 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195165403.003.0007
Thinking Death in the Face

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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 fetished in contemporary culture. What is missing from most philosophical accounts is a sense of the social dimension of death.

Keywords: afterlife; death; Epicurus; fetishism; soul

Chapter.  14823 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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