Language, Metaphysics, and Death

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John Donnelly
Fordham Univ Press, 1994 - 381 頁
This standard work in thanatology is updated with ten essays new to the second edition, and features a new introduction by Donnelly. The collection addresses certain basic issues inherent in a philosophy of death.
 

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Introduction
1
Death
21
On Death and Human Existence
30
Existentialism and Death A Survey of Some Confusions and Absurdities
43
Existentialism and the Fear of Dying
80
Fearing Death
102
How To Be Dead and Not Care A Defense of Epicurus
117
Some Puzzles About the Evil of Death
132
On the Observability of the Self
195
Biology and the Soul
211
My Death
226
The Faces of Immortality
237
Do We Need Immortality?
265
Survival and the Idea of Another World
278
Eschatological Enquiry
302
Traditional Christian Belief in the Resurrection of the Body
320

The Misfortunate Dead A Problem for Materialism
153
The Makropulos Case Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality
170
De Anima
188
Survival of Bodily Death A Question of Values
344
Mysticism and the Paradox of Survival
367
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第 31 頁 - I, to comfort him, bid him a' should not think of God, I hoped there was no need to trouble himself with any such thoughts yet. So a' bade me lay more clothes on his feet: I put my hand into the bed and felt them, and they were as cold as any stone; then I felt to his knees, and so upward, and upward, and all was as cold as any stone.
第 31 頁 - A' made a finer end and went away an it had been any christom child; a' parted even just between twelve and one, even at the turning o' the tide: for after I saw him fumble with the sheets and play with flowers and smile upon his fingers...
第 30 頁 - I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
第 31 頁 - Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail Or knock the breast, no weakness, no contempt. Dispraise or blame, nothing but well and fair. And what may quiet us in a death so noble.
第 31 頁 - Nay, sure, he's not in hell: he's in Arthur's bosom, if ever man went to Arthur's bosom. A' made a finer end and went away an it had been any christom child ; a' parted even just between twelve and one, even at the turning o...
第 32 頁 - The doctor, having first asked him if he could bear the whole truth, which way soever it might lead, and being answered that he could, declared that, in his opinion, he could not recover without a miracle, " Then," said Johnson, " I will take no more physic, not even my opiates ; for I have prayed that I may render up my soul to God unclouded.

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John Donnelly is Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego.

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