Philosophical Thinking about Death and Dying

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No one likes to think about death, but what if someone asked you what you believed about it? PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING ABOUT DEATH AND DYING walks you through the major metaphysical and ethical issues surrounding death and dying, showing you what others have thought so you can form your own opinion. Plus, it covers what science is telling us about the process of dying. This philosophy textbook is easy to use and full of study tools, so you'll be ready to get a great grade in class as well.

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Vincent Barry has been professor of philosophy at Bakersfield College for over thirty years. In addition to authoring PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING ABOUT DEATH AND DYING, he is the co-author of three other widely read Wadsworth publications: APPLYING ETHICS, MORAL ISSUES IN BUSINESS and INVITATION TO CRITICAL THINKING. Currently, he lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Jeannine and his young daughter Jen-Li Rose, whom he and his wife adopted in China in 1997.

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Introduction: Philosophical Thinking and Death. Part One: THE NATURE OF DEATH. Introduction: The 9/11 Memorial and Death Denial. 1. Definition and Criteria of Death. 2. Death in the West. 3. The Consciousness of Death. 4. The Evil of Death. Part Two: SURVIVAL OF DEATH. Introduction: A DEATH IN THE FAMILY. 5. The Self and Its Relation to Death. 6. Survival Hypotheses. 7. Bases of Belief. Part Three: VOLUNTARY DEATH. Introduction: Quinlan, Perlmutter, and Cruzan. 8. Conceptual Issues in Suicide and Euthanasia. 9. History and Contemporary Opinion. 10. Individual Morality. 11. Social Policy and Law. 12. Futile Treatment and the Duty To Die. Conclusion: Life, Death, and Meaning.

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