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Death is a Punch in the Jaw: Life‐Extension and its Discontents

Felicia Nimue Ackerman

in The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199562411
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199562411.003.0015

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Death is a Punch in the Jaw: Life‐Extension and its Discontents

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This article deals both with greatly extended finite life and with immortality and uses the term ‘greatly extended life’ to cover both. Except where indicated, it proceeds from some assumptions adapted from Christine Overall. First, people would know the life expectancy in their society or would know (or at least have good reason to believe) that they were immortal. Second, everyone would have the opportunity to choose greatly extended life. Third, greatly extended life would not be mandatory; people would be able to opt out at any point.

Keywords: extended life; immortality; life expectancy; anti-aging technology; single payer system; health care

Article.  12996 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Science ; Moral Philosophy

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