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By Paul Fairfield

From Nietzsche's pronouncement that "God is dead" to Camus' argument that suicide is the elemental query of philosophy, the concept that of demise performs a huge function in existential phenomenology, attaining from Kierkegaard to Heidegger and Marcel.

This e-book explores the phenomenology of loss of life and gives a different means into the phenomenological culture. Paul Fairfield examines the next key topics:

the sleek denial of dying Heidegger's very important thought of 'being-toward-death' and its centrality in phenomenological rules, comparable to authenticity and lifestyles the philosophical importance of loss of life rituals: what explains the crucial towards ritual round dying, and what's its function and which means? demise in an age of secularism the philosophy and ethics of suicide loss of life as a secret instead of a philosophical challenge to be solved the connection among desire and death.

Death: A Philosophical Inquiry is key interpreting for college kids of phenomenology and existentialism, and also will be of curiosity to scholars in comparable fields similar to faith, anthropology and the clinical humanities.

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Ghost stories were popular, and whether believed in or not the idea that we observe time and again was that the dead are among us and must be reckoned with in some socially regulated form. Where the dead were imagined to be or what kind of existence they were thought to have is far from clear, but what is clear is that they were not gone and life and death were not antithetical states. This was not unique to Greco-Roman civilization. As Kellehear notes, “Most civilisations, including those in the Stone Age with evidence of otherworld journeys, did not view life and death in such contradictory, paradoxical terms.

It is a quality that can be cultivated at any time of life and is the source of whatever creativity of which we are capable. One turns within not only, and not primarily, as an escape from the world but precisely as a precondition of authentic engagement with it as well as what Marcus Aurelius in the Meditations called a “fountain of good”: “Turn within,” he urged. 24 The most sustained reflection on inwardness in the Western tradition, of course, comes from Kierkegaard, for whom the turn within is essentially an act of religion.

For that reason it does not know its own death, for to that we can give only a negative content. Thus there is nothing instinctual in us which responds to a belief in death. ’” Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays, 15. Tolstoy, “The Death of Ivan Ilych,” 280. Freud, “Thoughts for the Times on War and Death,” 78. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground, trans. M. Ginsburg (New York: Bantam Books, 1981), 152. Ortega y Gasset, Man and People, 55. Simon Critchley, How to Stop Living and Start Worrying (Malden: Polity, 2010), 51–2.

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