Death and Nonexistence

Death and Nonexistence

Hardback (29 Aug 2019) | English

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Synopsis

The dead are gone. They count for nothing. Yet, if we count the dead, their number is staggering. And they account for most of what is great about civilization. Compared to the greatness of the dead, the accomplishments of the living are paltry. Which is it then: are the dead still there to be counted or not? And if they are still there, where exactly is "there"? We are confronted with the ancient paradox of nonexistence bequeathed us by Parmenides. The mystery of death is the mystery of nonexistence. A successful attempt to provide a metaphysics of death, then, must resolve the paradox of nonexistence. That is the aim of this study. At the same time, the metaphysics of death, of ceasing to exist, must serve as an account of birth, of coming to exist; the primary thesis of this book is that this demands going beyond existence and nonexistence to include what underlies both, which one can call, following tradition, "being." The dead and the unborn are therefore objects that lack existence but not being. Nonexistent objects - not corpses, or skeletons, or memories, all of which are existent objects - are what are "there" to be counted when we count the dead.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780190247478
Publisher: OUP USA
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 128.5
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xiv, 212
Weight: 370g
Height: 217mm
Width: 147mm
Spine width: 23mm