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Spirituality for the SkepticThe Thoughtful Love of life$
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Robert C. Solomon

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134674

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195134672.001.0001

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Looking Forward to Death? 1

Looking Forward to Death? 1

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(p.107) 7 Looking Forward to Death?1
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Spirituality for the Skeptic
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Robert C. Solomon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195134672.003.0008

Death has always been an obvious part of life, but we find it easy to deny death because it touches most of us so rarely. But there are many ways of denying death, including philosophical postures that evade the real issues in favor of logical puzzles. Epicurus introduced one such puzzle many years ago when he declared “death is nothing.” But death is also fetishized in contemporary culture. What is missing from most philosophical accounts is a sense of the social dimension of death.

Keywords:   death is nothing, death, Epicurus, soul, spirituality

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