From Nietzsche's pronouncement that 'God is dead' to Camus' argument that suicide is the fundamental question of philosophy, the concept of death plays a fundamental role in the phenomenological and exisential traditions, reaching from Kierkegaard to Heidegger and Sartre. This book explores the phenomenology of death and offers a unique way into the phenomenological tradition. Paul Fairfield examines the following key topics: modern denials and evasions of death, rather than something to be reflected upon and understood Heidegger's important concept of 'being toward death' and its centrality in phenomenological ideas, such as authenticity and existence the philosophical significance of death rituals: what explains the imperative towards ritual around death, and what is its purpose and meaning? death in an age of secularism the philosophy and ethics of suicide death as a mystery rather than a philosophical problem to be solved - Heidegger and Marcel the relationship between hope and death. Death: A Philosophical Inquiry is essential reading for students of phenomenology and existentialism and will also be interest to students in related fields such as religion and anthropology and also those in medical humanities.
Taylor & Francis
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