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The questions that encompass death--Is loss of life a damage to the person that dies? should still we be terrified of demise? Can the lifeless be harmed? Can they be wronged?--have been of common curiosity on the grounds that Classical occasions. This curiosity is at present having fun with a renaissance throughout a wide spectrum of philosophical fields, starting from metaphysics to bioethics. This quantity is the 1st to compile unique essays that either deal with the elemental questions of the metaphysics of demise and discover the connection among these questions and a few of the components of utilized ethics during which they play a valuable role.

The essays partially I of this quantity learn a few of the Classical methods to primary metaphysical questions surrounding loss of life, addressing particularly the query of no matter if a person's dying could be a damage to her. The topic of the worth of dying is sustained partially II, with essays addressing this factor via a extra modern lens. The essays partly III deal with the comparable yet separate factor of no matter if individuals will be harmed through occasions that happen once they die. eventually, the essays partially IV practice the metaphysical concerns addressed in components I via III to varied concerns in bioethics, together with the query of posthumous organ procurement, suicide, and survival after mind harm.

Written by way of probably the most popular philosophers engaged on those matters this day, the essays during this quantity show off the cutting-edge of either the metaphysics of demise and its significance to many components of utilized ethics.

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