4 posts tagged death

A Short Introduction to Death, Pain and Loneliness

Author: Aysel Demir (Kırıkkale University, Assoc. Prof.) We are human being and born alone, go through life alone and die alone. Although we are all equals in death which is certain to come, we usually think in life that death will come to other people, not us. We live as if we never die. However, we know that we will die one day and not be in this world anymore. If we accept that each of us will one day die and life is not endless, then what is the point of our life? At this point, we ...

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Jacques Derrida and the Controversy of Philosophy

Author: Ian Angus (Simon Fraser University, Prof. Emerit.) The controversy surrounding Derrida’s death invites a late contribution such as this one to analyze the specific features of this controversy, especially since so much of Derrida’s own reflections on death, mourning and heritage could be brought to bear. While I am sure that this would be of interest, this is not the tack that I will take. I will, however, hold onto the thread of controversy itself. It is perhaps possible to ...

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Is Death an Evil?

Author: Jonathan Beale (Researcher-in-Residence, Eton College) [D]eath, the most terrifying of ills, is nothing to us, since so long as we exist death is not with us; but when death comes, we do not exist. It does not then concern either the living or the dead, since for the former it is not, and the latter are no more. –Epicurus Is death bad for the one who dies? Of course, one’s death can be bad for others; in that sense, death is usually a tragedy. But that is not the concern of ...

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Is Death the Absolute End of Human Existence?

Author: Filiz Peach (City University, PhD.) There have been a number of fundamental questions that have preoccupied mankind throughout history. One of these is undoubtedly the notion of death. We all know that we shall die. However, there is no certainty at all as to when, where and how one might die, and this uncertainty paradoxically remains as something which is absolutely certain.  Indeed, death has empirical certainty as far as this certainty is based on an empirical observat...

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