Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Shane McCorristine
    Pages 1-16 Open Access
  3. Mary Ann Lund
    Pages 17-31 Open Access
  4. Veronique Deblon, Kaat Wils
    Pages 49-67 Open Access
  5. Brian Parsons
    Pages 69-85 Open Access
  6. Douglas J. Davies
    Pages 103-117 Open Access
  7. Elizabeth Wicks
    Pages 119-131 Open Access
  8. Jonathan Rée
    Pages 133-144 Open Access
  9. Thomas W. Laqueur
    Pages 145-154 Open Access
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 155-167

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This volume provides a series of illuminating perspectives on the timings of death, through in-depth studies of Shakespearean tragedy, criminal execution, embalming practices, fears of premature burial, rumours of Adolf Hitler’s survival, and the legal concept of brain death. In doing so, it explores a number of questions, including: how do we know if someone is dead or not? What do people experience at the moment when they die? Is death simply a biological event that comes about in temporal stages of decomposition, or is it a social event defined through cultures, practices, and commemorations? In other words, when exactly is death? Taken together, these contributions explore how death emerges in a series of stages that are uncertain, paradoxical, and socially contested.   


Open Access mortality medical humanities interdisciplinary philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Shane McCorristine
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent ResearcherCambridgeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58327-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58328-4
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