The Purpose of My Death: Death, Dying, and Meaning image

Ethics, Vol. 127, no. 3, April 2017
Frances Kamm (Senior Fellow Alumna)


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My purpose in this essay is to consider some views about death and dying presented in two recent books. One book is Death by philosopher Shelly Kagan and the second is Being Mortal by medical doctor Atul Gawande. I focus on their different views about when it does and does not make sense to die given the quality of one’s life. In addition to what we can learn from examining the arguments in each book separately, I hope it will be enlight- ening to see how prominent figures in two different professional areas deal with the same problem. As background to discussing these views, I briefly present some views about death to help situate my discussion. 


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