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Irving Singer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262513562

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262513562.001.0001

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The Meaning of Death

The Meaning of Death

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2 (p.48) The Meaning of Death
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Meaning in Life
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Irving Singer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262513562.003.0002

“The meaning of death” is often associated with a world other than the one in which we live, a spirit-world or at least a realm that transcends the limitations of nature. What does death refer to? Is death simply the end of life, or does it also have other meaning? The meaning of death is philosophically interesting if we contrast it with the concept of dying. This chapter explores the meaning of death, human existence as a “being-to-overcome-death,” and the meaningful place of death in our being. It looks at Martin Heidegger’s conception of authenticity and Jean-Paul Sartre’s critique of Heidegger’s ideas on death, the concept of anxiety employed by both philosophers in their attempts to show how man should cope with death, and Arthur Schopenhauer’s views on death.

Keywords:   Martin Heidegger, authenticity, Jean-Paul Sartre, death, dying, meaning of death, human existence, Arthur Schopenhauer, anxiety

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