Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 151–155 | Cite as

Steven Luper: Philosophy of death

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2009, 264 pp, $29.00 (Paperback), ISBN: 978-0-521-88249-1
  • Jeremy R. Simon

There is a tendency for philosophers to give blandly descriptive titles to their work, thus leaving the reader to wonder whether he or she will receive an overview of the topic or, rather, the author’s individual approach to the matter. Thus, I recall, as a relatively new graduate student in philosophy, picking up a paper titled “Physicalism” in the hope that it would introduce me to the issues at hand. While it was a fascinating paper, my understanding of the overall topic continued to be sorely lacking even after I finished it. One, therefore, initially approaches Philosophy of Death without knowing whether one will be reading a text suitable for an university course on that topic or the author’s approach to certain subjects related to death. What one discovers is both—an extensive, albeit incomplete, overview of the field of philosophy of death as well as Luper’s systematic approach to these issues.

Luper covers four general questions in this book: what is life? what is death? how...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine and Center for BioethicsColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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