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Confrontations with the ReaperA Philosophical Study of the Nature and Value of Death$
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Fred Feldman

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195089288

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195089288.001.0001

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On Dying as a Process

On Dying as a Process

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(p.72) 5 On Dying as a Process
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Confrontations with the Reaper
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Feldman Fred

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195089288.003.0006

This chapter discusses a novel analysis of the process of death and dying. A popular line from Shakespeare's “Hamlet”, ‘To be or not to be, that is the question’, can be thought of as ‘To die or not to die, that is the question’. Based on this line, it can be believed that Hamlet supposed that when someone or something dies, it ceases to be. However, an argument is given that the corpses of humans who died still exist.

Keywords:   novel analysis, death, dying, process, Hamlet, corpses

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