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Should we live forever : the ethical ambiguities of aging

Author: Gilbert Meilaender
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. ., 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Should We Live Forever? Christian ethicist Gilbert Meilaender puzzles over the implications of the medical advances that have lengthened the human life span, wrestling with what this quest for living longer means for our conception of living well and completely. As he points out in his introduction, "That we often desire, even greedily desire, longer life is clear; whether what we desire is truly desirable is  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gilbert Meilaender
ISBN: 9780802868695 080286869X
OCLC Number: 806521935
Description: xiv, 121 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: How shall we think about aging? --
Transitional humanity --
Hoping to live forever --
A generative life --
Patience --
A complete life.
Responsibility: Gilbert Meilaender.

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In Should We Live Forever? Christian ethicist Gilbert Meilaender puzzles over the implications of the medical advances that have lengthened the human life span, wrestling with what this quest for living longer means for our conception of living well and completely. As he points out in his introduction, "That we often desire, even greedily desire, longer life is clear; whether what we desire is truly desirable is harder to say." The six chapters of this book take multiple perspectives on issues surrounding aging and invite readers to consider whether "indefinitely more life" is something worth pursuing and, if humans are created for life with God, whether longer life will truly satisfy our underlying hunger.

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Farr A. Curlin, MD-- MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics"In this masterful little book Gilbert Meilaender interrogates the project to extend human life indefinitely and shows that longer life Read more...

 
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