<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Thinking Clearly About Death (Rosenberg (Jay)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../BookSummary_1344.htm">Thinking Clearly About Death</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../../../Authors/R/Author_Rosenberg (Jay).htm">Rosenberg (Jay)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BookCitings_1344.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Book</A></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_1344.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><u>Amazon Product Description</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Jay Rosenberg's penetrating and persuasively argued analysis of the central metaphysical and moral questions pertaining to death has been updated and revised to expand and deepen several of its key arguments and to address conceptual developments of the past fifteen years. </li><li>Among the topics discussed are: <ul type="disc"><li><a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">Life After Death</A><SUP>1</SUP>; </li><li>The Limits of Theorizing; </li><li>The Limits of Imagination; </li><li>Death and Personhood Values and Rights; </li><li>'Mercy Killing'; </li><li>Prolonging Life; </li><li>'Rational Suicide' and </li><li>One's Own Death. </li></ul></li><li>Rosenberg's prose is lucid, lively, thoroughly absorbing, and accessible to introductory-level readers. Essential reading for anyone interested in reflecting on this engaging topic. </li><li>Jay F. Rosenberg is Taylor Grandy Professor of Philosophy, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5300.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - Prefaces & Prelude to Thinking Clearly About Death</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death, 2nd Edn. 1998, Prefaces<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Write-up <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_785.htm">Note</A><SUP>1</SUP><BR><BR>See <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_785.htm">this Note</A><SUP>2</SUP> for a write-up.</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20310.htm">Silverstein (Harry) - Review of Thinking Clearly About Death by Jay F. Rosenberg</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: The Philosophical Review, Vol. 93, No. 3 (Jul., 1984), pp. 492-494<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Author s Introduction</u><ol type="1"><FONT COLOR = "800080"><li>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). </li><li>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 "<A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">life after death</A><SUP>1</SUP>" is at least a logically coherent possibility, and the second half discussing various moral questions relating to death. </li><li>As one might expect, his discussion of "<A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">life after death</A><SUP>2</SUP>" 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." </li></ol></FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Review of "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1344.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - Thinking Clearly About Death</A>".</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5301.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - Some Methodological Preliminaries</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death, 2nd Edn. 1998, Chapter 0<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Contents</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Analytic Method in Philosophy  Four Theses  7</li><li>A Motley of Modifiers  10</li><li>Things and "Things"  13</li><li>One Way of Talking Nonsense  16</li><li>A Truth about "Truth"  20</li><li>Retrospect And What Next?  24</li><li>Appendix  Paraphrase Revisited: More About "Nominal Objects"  25<BR>Notes to Chapter 0  27 </li></ol></FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>For a write-up, <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_786.htm">Click here for Note</A></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5302.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - 'Life After Death' - In Search of the Question</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death, 2nd Edn. 1998, Chapter 1<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Contents</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>About Why It Isn't Obvious  30</li><li>Some Other Silly Questions  32</li><li>The End of Life  An Edifying Tale  34</li><li>A Helpful Distinction  And a Sensible Question  35</li><li>Of Life and Death . . . And Other "Opposites"37</li><li>What Dies and What We Bury  A Deceptive Idiom  41</li><li>Marking Time: Process, Event, and Instant  44</li><li>The "When" of Death  47</li><li>Changing the Subject  Why Death Isn't Sleep  48</li><li>The Dualistic Pull  51</li><li>Appendix  On Questions about Questions: More about Method  52<BR>Notes to Chapter 1  55 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5303.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - Bodies and Souls I - The Limits of Theorizing</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death, 2nd Edn. 1998, Chapter 2<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Contents</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>A First Try The 'Having' Theory  56</li><li>Having a Soul  In a Manner of Speaking  58</li><li>A Second Try  The 'Team' Theory  61</li><li>. . . And Try Again  63</li><li>The Banal and the Special  66</li><li>Five Ways to Talk about Bodies  69</li><li>What's Striking about Death  74</li><li>A Very Bad Argument  76</li><li>Beyond "Common Sense"  78</li><li>Being and Doing  How We Resemble Automobiles  82</li><li>The Collapse of a Theory  86</li><li>. . . And an End to Theorizing  89</li><li>Appendix  About "Making Sense"  91<BR>Notes to Chapter 2  93 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5304.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - Bodies and Souls II - The Limits of Imagination, Others</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death, 2nd Edn. 1998, Chapter 3<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Contents</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>An Impassioned Objection  98</li><li>A Bit of Science Fiction  99</li><li>One Picture, Two Stories  100</li><li>A Lesson in Criminology  103</li><li>A Question of Identity  105</li><li>A Visit to the Cinema  109</li><li>Two Forms of Literary Unity  110</li><li>A Decisive Dilemma  113</li><li>"The Glue of Memory"  114</li><li>The Objector Answered  118</li><li>Appendix  Remarks on Some Further Pitfalls  121<BR>Notes to Chapter 3  125 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5305.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - Bodies and Souls III - The Limits of Imagination, Oneself</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death, 2nd Edn. 1998, Chapter 4<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Contents</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The Objector Not Silenced  128</li><li>More Science Fiction: A Medical Miracle  129</li><li>Why Complicity Matters  131</li><li>Of Persons and Personas  133</li><li>The "Personagraph"  How to Make a New Person  137</li><li><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_763.htm">Body Transplants</A><SUP>1</SUP>  The Limits of Plastic Surgery  139</li><li>The Triumph of Criminology  144</li><li>Closing the Question  146</li><li>Appendix  Personal Identity and the First Person  149<BR>Notes to Chapter 4  152 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5313.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - Interlude: An Agenda For Further Discussion</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death, 2nd Edn. 1998, Interlude<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5306.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - Death and Personhood: Conceptual Preliminaries</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death, 2nd Edn. 1998, Chapter 5<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Contents</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>On the Nature of Life and Death  159</li><li>How to Recognize a Corpse  163</li><li>Some Different Kinds of Kinds  166</li><li>Licensed Drivers and Legal Citizens  168</li><li>Contra Aristotle  173</li><li>Human Beings, Rational Entities, and Persons  176</li><li>A Few Fine Points & 181</li><li>. . . And a Word about Death Certificates185</li><li>Appendix  The Primacy of the Organism and the Other End of Life  188<BR>Notes to Chapter 5  191 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5307.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - Values and Rights: Moral Preliminaries</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death, 2nd Edn. 1998, Chapter 6<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Contents</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">The Project and the Strategy  193<li>A Continuum of Competences  195</li><li>Four Kinds of Rights  197</li><li>A Phenomenology of Moral Practice  199</li><li>Two Kinds of Intrinsic Value  200</li><li>Why Life Itself Is Not a Value  203</li><li>Appendix  Our Implicit Moral Theory: Some Misunderstandings  208<BR>Notes to Chapter 6  212</li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5308.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - 'Mercy Killing' - The Question of Taking Life</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death, 2nd Edn. 1998, Chapter 7<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Contents</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The Case of Alric  216</li><li>Facts Are Not the Problem  219</li><li>The Dispute Recast  221</li><li>And the True Question Located223</li><li>Two Kinds of Moral Disagreement  225</li><li>How the Balance Can Shift  228</li><li>Appendix  Euthanasia, Capital Punishment, and Abortion  230<BR>Notes to Chapter 7  233 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5309.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - 'Letting Die': The Question of Prolonging Life</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death, 2nd Edn. 1998, Chapter 8<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Contents</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Sins of Commission and Sins of Omission  235</li><li>Prolonging Life Versus Sustaining Life  237</li><li>In the Matter of Bartholomew  239</li><li>A Crucial Asymmetry  240</li><li>The Dim Echo of Prior Debates  243</li><li>The Morally Right and the Morally Better  246</li><li>On What's Wrong with "Rights"  249</li><li>Some Key Points about Rights Anyway  250</li><li>The Moral Asymmetry of "Mercy Killing" and "Letting Die"  254</li><li>In Which We Enter the Jungle of the Theory of Action  256</li><li>The Ultimate Irrelevance of a Fait Accompli  261</li><li>Appendix  The Case of the Drowned Cousins  266<BR>Notes to Chapter 8  268 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5310.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - 'Rational Suicide'</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death, 2nd Edn. 1998, Chapter 9<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Contents</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The Case of Darcy  271</li><li>Choices and Attitudes  A Preliminary Survey  273</li><li>The Case for Interfering  And the Case Against It  275</li><li>In Defense of Paternalism  278</li><li>Paternalism and Suicide  Pro and Con  283</li><li>Rationality  The Last Question  288</li><li>Appendix  Self-Deception and the Problematic of Rationality  293<BR>Notes to Chapter 9  296 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5311.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - 'Death in the First Person': Expectations and Attitudes</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death, 2nd Edn. 1998, Chapter 10<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Contents</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>"One's Own Death"  299</li><li>The "Dark Kingdom" of Death  301</li><li>On Imagining One's Own Death  305</li><li>Fear of Death and Fear of Dying  311</li><li>The Perils of Immortality  315</li><li>"Life toward Death"  319</li><li>Loose Ends  And Some Summing Up  325</li><li>Appendix  The "Aloneness" of Death  329<BR>Notes to Chapter 10  331</li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5312.htm">Rosenberg (Jay) - Epilogue: The Limits of Philosophical Understanding</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death, 2nd Edn. 1998, Epilogue<BR></P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; 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