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Death and nonexistence

Author: Palle Yourgrau
Publisher: New York, NY Oxford University Press [2019] © 2019
Edition/Format:   Computer file : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The dead are gone. They count for nothing. Yet, if we count the dead, their number is staggering. And they account for most of what is great about civilization. Compared to the greatness of the dead, the accomplishments of the living are paltry. Which is it then: are the dead still there to be counted or not? And if they are still there, where exactly is "there"? We are confronted with the ancient paradox of  Read more...
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Yourgrau, Palle, author.
Death and nonexistence.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2019
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Palle Yourgrau
ISBN: 9780190247478 0190247479
OCLC Number: 1120143795
Description: 1 Online-Ressource
Contents: The paradox of nonexistence --
The predicate of existence --
Nonexistence and death --
The cloud or the raindrops? --
Where you go when you're dead --
Taking possible worlds seriously --
Time and existence --
Fellow travelers --
Beyond metaphysics.
Responsibility: Palle Yourgrau.

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The dead are gone. They count for nothing. Yet, if we count the dead, their number is staggering. And they account for most of what is great about civilization. Compared to the greatness of the dead, the accomplishments of the living are paltry. Which is it then: are the dead still there to be counted or not? And if they are still there, where exactly is "there"? We are confronted with the ancient paradox of nonexistence bequeathed us by Parmenides. The mystery of death is the mystery of nonexistence.0A successful attempt to provide a metaphysics of death, then, must resolve the paradox of nonexistence. That is the aim of this study. At the same time, the metaphysics of death, of ceasing to exist, must serve as an account of birth, of coming to exist; the primary thesis of this book is that this demands going beyond existence and nonexistence to include what underlies both, which one can call, following tradition, "being." The dead and the unborn are therefore objects that lack existence but not being. Nonexistent objects - not corpses, or skeletons, or memories, all of which are existent objects - are what are "there" to be counted when we count the dead.

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