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Confrontations with the Reaper: A Philosophical Study of the Nature and Value of Death 1st Edition

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"Lucid, sensible, and insightful throughout. The criticisms of alternative approaches are particularly penetrating, and the positive suggestions are thoughtful....I have considerable admiration for this fine book. Feldman talks sense about difficult, murky, and perplexing matters."--J.M. Fischer, Philosophical Review


"Exceptionally lucid and closely reasoned discussions of the nature of death, from a materialist point of view, and the (dis)value of death, from a consequentialist perspective."--Robert Frazier, Philosophical Books


"This book is nearly ideal for engaging students in philosophy. It addresses important and interesting topics, and it is a model of clear thinking. Feldman demonstrates in a way accessible to nonspecialists how to evaluate reasons for a position by casting them in the form of an uncomplicated argument and how to undermine those reasons by constructing a counterexample to a clearly identified premise. The books frequent summaries make it easy for an undergraduate to follow, and the choice of examples ranges beyond the standard science-fiction cases."--Edward Wierenga, Teaching Philosophy


"Confrontations contains useful and provocative contributions to the growing literature on the metaphysics and value of death. The extraordinary clarity of Feldman's style is also one of the book's virtues....Feldman has, through clear discussion and illuminating examples, enriched the framework in which philosophers may continue to examine important moral questions concerning death."--Stephen E. Rosenbaum, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research


"Replete with imaginative examples, systematic arguments, and some off-beat humour."--Times Literary Supplement


About the Author


Fred Feldman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 13, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195089286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195089288
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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_Confrontations with the Reaper_ is a good introduction to philosophical thinking. It is very well written and full of life. Many classroom discussions will pour from its pages.
The philosophy club at my college is using this text for a discussion along with Camus, Woody Allen, and _The Bagavad Gita_.
The only problem with it is that it is so analytic that it seems to suggest materialism as an idea human state to be in, but that's just my personal problem with the book.
If you're studying the philosophy of death or are in a college philosophy club this one's a great pick.
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Feldman's analysis is cogent and creative, a hard combination to achieve. Worth reading and re-reading -- and invaluable to students.
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Most chapters focuse on explaining various definitions. There are not substantial metaphysical analyses. I can't believe that this book was published by OUP. Dissapointing.
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