Beyond Price: Essays on Birth and Death

2016.02.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews J. David Velleman, Beyond Price: Essays on Birth and Death, Open Book, 2015, 232pp., free online, $22.95 (pbk), ISBN
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2016.02.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews J. David Velleman, Beyond Price: Essays on Birth and Death, Open Book, 2015, 232pp., free online, $22.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781783741670. Reviewed by Margaret P. Battin and Brent M. Kious, University of Utah In this collection of essays, dating from 1991 to 2012 and encompassing some of his best-known works (e.g. "Well-Being and Time") as well as lesser-known pieces, J. David Velleman examines the value of human life from several perspectives. He begins by considering when we should end our own lives ("Against the Right to Die, "A Right of Self-Termination?", "Beyond Price"), moves on to explore what we owe to the unborn ("Family History", "Persons in Prospect"), next discusses what makes a life good ("Well-Being and Time"), and concludes with an examination of what, if anything, makes the end of a life bad ("So It Goes", "Dying") The final essay ("The Rights to a Life") merges several themes. In this way, the. . .

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