Chapter

The Inevitability of Our Own Death

John J. McDermott

in The Drama of Possibility

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226627
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235704 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226627.003.0020

Series: American Philosophy

The Inevitability of               Our Own Death

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This chapter presents an essay on the inevitability of death and the celebration of time as a prelude to disaster. It analyses different situations that show the terminality of life, including capital punishment, chronic disease and suicide. Death may result from various events, but in all instances of terminality, death is due to forces outside of people's control. This chapter also considers how political, philosophical and religious thought of the last century and a half has been characterized by increasing dubiety about the possibility of immortality.

Keywords: death; terminality of life; capital punishment; suicide; chronic disease; immortality; essay

Chapter.  5124 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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