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10 Good Questions About Life And Death Hardcover – May 6, 2005

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (May 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405125772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405125772
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,860,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This fine book explores these most inescapable of questions with a concern for what can honestly and reasonably be believed. It is free of any untoward ambition to announce surprising discoveries, but neither is it anxious to reinforce easy pieties.” Gary Kemp, University of Glasgow<!--end-->

“A witty and engaging discussion of the main issues that arise when we ask searching questions about the human condition. It invites us to relish the deep questions rather than find shallow answers. Use it as a friendly and smart coach who can help students wrestle with high thoughts about the big questions while keeping their feet on the ground.” Edward Langerak, Professor of Philosophy, St. Olaf College

“This book is a must for all reflective people - philosophers and lay thinkers alike - whose minds naturally turn to questions of life and death.” Stephen Holland, Departments of Philosophy and Health Sciences, University of York.

“A very engaging, highly readable introduction to some of the great questions of life and death. Belshaw is a thoughtful and skilled philosopher who writes in a crisp and lively way. Allow me to "add" one more question: What's not to like?” John Fischer, University of California, Riverside

"These questions are more than just good - they take us to the heart of who we are and what life is for. Belshaw also shows that they have good answers, ones which can help us come to terms with our own mortality and that of others. This is not "pop philosophy" but real philosophy explained clearly and applied to the concerns of all thinking people. No one who reads this book could doubt that philosophy is still vitally relevant." Julian Baggini, The Philosophers' Magazine

"10 Good Questions About Life and Death is not only an excellent introduction to the philosophy of life and death for the general reader, but it is also a worthwhile read for the professional philosopher addressing these issues." Rejuvenation Research

"...Belshaw takes these concerns seriously. His style is popular, but does not lapse into philosophical journalese; and his clear-headed arguments are nearly always thought provoking. 10 Good Questions About Life and Death is definitely worth a read." Metapsychology

Book Description

This book addresses the fundamental questions that many of us ask about life and death. Drawing on, and pulling together issues in medical ethics, philosophy of religion, personal identity and population theory, its concern is squarely with questions of value, such as: Is life sacred? Is it bad to die? Does life have meaning? Does reality matter? In this way, author Christopher Belshaw encourages readers to think about and respond to the more perplexing aspects of the human condition. He writes in an engaging and straightforward manner, avoiding technicalities, and illustrating his arguments with case studies, thought-experiments, and references to literature, film, music, religion and myth.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Vines on March 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is simply that: a collection of thought experiments. Through these thought experiments, Belshaw reveals some interesting intuitions we have towards these 10 questions. At times, the intuitions are quite against the grain. All in all, it's a great book worth picking up. Don't expect structured arguments in the style of systematic philosophers--that is not Belshaw's intent. Instead, Belshaw simply makes us think.
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike on January 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book lacks substance and is very poorly written. Don't waste your time or money
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