Review of Thinking Clearly About Death by Jay F. Rosenberg
Silverstein (Harry)
Source: The Philosophical Review, Vol. 93, No. 3 (Jul., 1984), pp. 492-494
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Author’s Introduction

  1. This book, as the author justifiably claims, "constitutes a fairly comprehensive study of those questions about death to which philosophers have traditionally addressed their attentions" (p. xiv).
  2. After a preliminary chapter explaining his sort of philosophy ("'hard-core' analytic philosophy") for the benefit of the book's intended audience (persons with no previous knowledge of academic philosophy), Rosenberg spends about half the book undermining the popular view that "life after death1" is at least a logically coherent possibility, and the second half discussing various moral questions relating to death.
  3. As one might expect, his discussion of "life after death2" is centered in, though it is not limited to, a critique of the popular view's "body and soul" dualism as well as its assumptions regarding personal identity. The "moral" half includes, but is also not limited to, discussions of "mercy killing," "letting die," and "rational suicide."


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