Reasons and the Fear of Death

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - 167 pages
Death, violent or otherwise, is a matter of widespread concern with ongoing debates about such matters as euthanasia and the nature of brain death. Philosophers have often argued about the rationality of fear of death. This book argues that that dispute has been misconceived: fear of death is not something that follows or fails to follow from reason, but rather, it forms the basis of reasoning and helps to show why people must be cooperating beings who accept certain sorts of facts as reasons for acting. Within the context of this account of reasons, the book gives a new understanding of brain death and of physician-assisted suicide.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Reason and the Fear of Death
9
Concepts and Their Formal Elements
27
Evolution and Ethics
49
Concepts Rationality and Death
83
What Is Death?
107
The Reasonableness of Assisting Death
135
Bibliography
157
Index
163
About the Author
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R. E. Ewin is professor of philosophy at the University of Western Australia in Nedlands and the author of Virtues and Rights: The Moral Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes (Westview) and Liberty, Community, and Justice (Rowman & Littlefield).

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