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Death and the Afterlife

2014.05.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Samuel Scheffler, Death and the Afterlife, Niko Kolodny (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2013, 210pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.05.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Samuel Scheffler, Death and the Afterlife, Niko Kolodny (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2013, 210pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780199982509. Reviewed by John Cottingham, Heythrop College University of London/University of Reading Despite its title, this book is not about "the afterlife" as normally understood -- the continuation of some form of personal existence after death, in the "next world". Samuel Scheffler, in line with many Western philosophers and intellectuals, firmly rejects any such idea. The subject of these fluently argued and thought provoking reflections (based on Scheffler's s two 2012 Tanner lectures at Berkeley with the addition of a third paper delivered at Chicago the previous year) is the assumption tacitly made by each of us that human life -- the ordinary, this‑worldly life of other members of our species -- will continue long after our own individual deaths.. . .

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