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The Makropulos Case RevisitedReflections on Immortality and Agency

Connie Rosati

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195388923
Published online December 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195388923.013.0017

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Makropulos Case RevisitedReflections on Immortality and Agency

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This chapter analyzes the issue of immortality in the opera “The Makropulos Case” and reviews Bernard Williams's essay inspired by the opera, which argues against immortality. It suggests that the widespread longing for an extended existence is an expression of our agency and that the rational appeal of extended existence rests on the fact that human beings are autonomous agents with a distinctively agential character.

Keywords: Makropulos Case; immortality; Bernard Williams; extended existence; rational appeal; agency; human beings; autonomous agents; agential character

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Mind ; Epistemology

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