Ben Bradley, Fred Feldman and Jens Johansson

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195388923
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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This chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is the philosophical aspect of death. The book answers questions about what death is and why it matters that help define the growing interdisciplinary subfield of philosophy of death. It analyzes the views of ancient Greek philosophers including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus about death; investigates how death is related to various concepts including disintegration of personality, personal identity, and pleasure; and explores the concept of immortality, the wrongness of killing, and the significance of death for animals.

Keywords: philosophy of death; disintegration of personality; personal identity; pleasure; immortality; wrongness of killing; animals; Greek philosophers

Article.  1955 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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