The Consolations of Mortality
Making Sense of DeathBook - 2016
For those who don't believe in an afterlife, the wisdom of the ages offers four great consolations for mortality: that death is benign and good; that mortal life provides its own kindof immorality; that true immorality would be awful; and that we experience the kids of losses in life that we will eventually face in death. Can any of these consolations honestly reconcile us to our inevitable demise? In this timely book, Andrew Stark tests the psychological truth of these consolations and searches our collective literary, philosophical, and cultural traditions for answers to the question of how we, in the twenty-first century, might accept our mortal condition. Ranging from Epicurus and Heidegger to bucket lists, the flaming out of rock stars, and the retiring of sports jerseys, Stark's poignant and learned exploration shows how these consolations, taken togehter, reveal death as a blessing no matter how much we may love life.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2016.
Branch Call Number: 306.9 ST28
Characteristics: ix, 275 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Making sense of death