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Confrontations with the Reaper: A Philosophical Study of the Nature and Value of Death

Fred Feldman


Presenting a discussion of classic philosophical questions surrounding death, this book investigates the great metaphysical and moral problems of death. The first part argues that a definition of life is necessary before death can be defined. It maintains that death is a conceptual mystery—it cannot be defined as the cessation of life, or in any other similar way. After an exploration of several of the most plausible accounts of the nature of life and death and a demonstration of their failure, a conceptual scheme involving life, death, existence, personality, and related concepts emerges from ... More

Keywords: death, life, existence, personality, ethics, novel consequentialist theory, morality of killing, abortion, suicide, euthanasia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780195089288
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195089288.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fred Feldman, author
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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