The Philosophy of Death Reader

Cross-Cultural Readings on Immortality and the Afterlife

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Markar Melkonian
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , February
     440 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by William Chavez forthcoming.


The Philosophy of Death Reader presents a collection of classic readings from across the centuries and the continents. Organised around central metaphysical questions from whether soul is immortal to what can experience death, it brings together pivotal readings from ancient, modern and contemporary philosophers. 

The twenty-four readings require no background in philosophy. Featuring writings from Vedanta, the ancient Greeks, the Buddhist tradition, Christian eschatology, and recent analytic philosophy, they flow thematically and cover:

- Key metaphysical topics including immortality, rebirth and the after
- Scientific perspectives on biology and the brain
- Axiological questions surrounding old age, the soul and how to live with mortality  

Accompanied throughout by editor's notes, introductory material, and discussion questions, this cross-cultural reader draws themes together, encourages further study and introduces a broad range of philosophical thinking about death.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Markar Melkonian is Lecturer in Philosophy at California State University Northridge.

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