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Reasons and the Fear of Death - R.E. Ewin

Reasons and the Fear of Death

By: R.E. Ewin

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Published: April 2002
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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.

Acknowledgmentsp. ii
Introductionp. 1
Reason and the Fear of Deathp. 9
Concepts and Their Formal Elementsp. 27
Evolution and Ethicsp. 49
Concepts, Rationality, and Deathp. 83
What Is Death?p. 107
The Reasonableness of Assisting Deathp. 135
Bibliographyp. 157
Indexp. 163
About the Authorp. 167
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ISBN: 9780742512757
ISBN-10: 0742512754
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: April 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.43