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The Metaphysics and Ethics of Death: New Essays

James Stacey Taylor


The questions that surround death – Is death a harm to the person who dies? Should we be afraid of death? Can the dead be harmed? Can they be wronged? – have been of widespread interest since classical times. This volume is the first to bring together both original essays that address the fundamental questions of the metaphysics of death, as well as original essays that explore the relationship between those questions and some of the issues in bioethics in which they play a central role. The chapters in section I examine some of the classical approaches to some of the fundamental metaphysical ... More

Keywords: death, evil of death, posthumous harm, suicide, euthanasia, value of death, brain injury, organ procurement, bioethics

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199751136
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751136.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Stacey Taylor, editor
The College of New Jersey

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1 Introduction

James Stacey Taylor

Section 1 Classical Approaches to Death and Their Critics

Section II Death and the Value of Death

6 Adaptation

Steven Luper

7 Death and Desires

Ben Bradley, and Kris McDaniel

8 Kripke’s Moses

Palle Yourgrau

Section III Posthumous Harm

11 Welfare and Harm after Death

Barbara Baum Levenbook

Section IV Death and Bioethics

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