The Resource Aging, Death, and Human Longevity : A Philosophical Inquiry

Aging, Death, and Human Longevity : A Philosophical Inquiry

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Aging, Death, and Human Longevity : A Philosophical Inquiry
Title
Aging, Death, and Human Longevity
Title remainder
A Philosophical Inquiry
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eng
Summary
With the help of medicine and technology we are living longer than ever before. As human life spans have increased, the moral and political issues surrounding longevity have become more complex. Should we desire to live as long as possible? What are the social ramifications of longer lives? How does a longer life span change the way we think about the value of our lives and about death and dying? Christine Overall offers a clear and intelligent discussion of the philosophical and cultural issues surrounding this difficult and often emotionally charged issue. Her book is unique in its comprehensive presentation and evaluation of the arguments--both ancient and contemporary--for and against prolonging life. It also proposes a progressive social policy for responding to dramatic increases in life expectancy. Writing from a feminist perspective, Overall highlights the ways that our biases about race, class, and gender have affected our views of elderly people and longevity, and her policy recommendations represent an effort to overcome these biases. She also covers the arguments surrounding the question of the "duty to die" and includes a provocative discussion of immortality. After judiciously weighing the benefits and the risks of prolonging human life, Overall persuasively concludes that the length of life does matter and that its duration can make a difference to the quality and value of our lives. Her book will be an essential guide as we consider our social responsibilities, the meaning of human life, and the prospects of living longer
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Overall, Christine
LC call number
RA564.8 -- .O95 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Aging
  • Longevity
  • Terminal care
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Aging, Death, and Human Longevity : A Philosophical Inquiry
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http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/multco/detail.action?docID=223820
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online resource
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction: "Death Twitches My Ear" -- 2. "Remember You Must Die": Arguments against Prolonging Human Life -- 3. Age Rationing and "Generational Cleansing": Evaluating the "Duty to Die" -- 4. "One Swallow Does Not Make a Summer": Arguments in Favor of Prolonging Human Life -- 5. "From Here to Eternity": Is It Good to Live Forever? -- 6. "The Death of Death": Immortality, Identity, and Selfhood -- 7. Personal and Policy Implications: "Rage against the Dying of the Light"? -- Notes -- References -- Index
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EBC223820
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unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (278 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780520938809
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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remote
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  • (MiAaPQ)EBC223820
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL223820
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10050797
  • (OCoLC)475928963
Label
Aging, Death, and Human Longevity : A Philosophical Inquiry
Link
http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/multco/detail.action?docID=223820
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction: "Death Twitches My Ear" -- 2. "Remember You Must Die": Arguments against Prolonging Human Life -- 3. Age Rationing and "Generational Cleansing": Evaluating the "Duty to Die" -- 4. "One Swallow Does Not Make a Summer": Arguments in Favor of Prolonging Human Life -- 5. "From Here to Eternity": Is It Good to Live Forever? -- 6. "The Death of Death": Immortality, Identity, and Selfhood -- 7. Personal and Policy Implications: "Rage against the Dying of the Light"? -- Notes -- References -- Index
Control code
EBC223820
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (278 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780520938809
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC223820
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL223820
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10050797
  • (OCoLC)475928963

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