Aging, Death, and Human Longevity: A Philosophical Inquiry by Christine Overall

By Christine Overall

With assistance from drugs and know-how we live longer than ever prior to. As human existence spans have elevated, the ethical and political concerns surrounding toughness became extra advanced. should still we wish to dwell so long as attainable? What are the social ramifications of longer lives? How does an extended lifestyles span swap the best way we expect in regards to the worth of our lives and approximately dying and loss of life? Christine total deals a transparent and clever dialogue of the philosophical and cultural concerns surrounding this tough and sometimes emotionally charged factor. Her e-book is exclusive in its finished presentation and review of the arguments--both historic and contemporary--for and opposed to prolonging existence. It additionally proposes a revolutionary social coverage for responding to dramatic raises in existence expectancy. Writing from a feminist point of view, total highlights the ways in which our biases approximately race, type, and gender have affected our perspectives of aged humans and sturdiness, and her coverage suggestions characterize an attempt to beat those biases. She additionally covers the arguments surrounding the query of the "duty to die" and incorporates a provocative dialogue of immortality. After judiciously weighing the advantages and the hazards of prolonging human lifestyles, total persuasively concludes that the size of existence does subject and that its period could make a distinction to the standard and cost of our lives. Her publication could be a necessary advisor as we think about our social duties, the that means of human existence, and the customers of dwelling longer.

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It betrayed the bitter feeling of failure, mingled with mortality: a passion for being, an anxiety at not su‹ciently being” (Ariès 1974, 105, his emphasis). Thus, apologists regard modern prolongevitism as a manifestation of hatred of the body, love of the self, and denial of reality. The fight against death is said to cause the vilification of old age (Bell 1992, 84). Callahan writes: By its tacit implication that in the quest for health lies, perhaps, the secret of the meaning of life, modern medicine has misled people into thinking that the ills of the flesh, and mortality itself, 32 / “Remember You Must Die” are not to be understood and integrated into a balanced view of life but simply to be fought and resisted.

Introduction / 19 Third, in pragmatic terms many of the measures that, when implemented over the course of a human life, serve to prolong the last stages of existence—measures such as good nutrition, preventative health care, reproductive autonomy and safety, and improved hygiene and sanitation— also enable human beings to devote more of their time to extending and enjoying the earlier stages of human life. Indeed, the dramatic increases in life expectancy in the twentieth century have already had an impact on earlier stages.

Y, while shorter, would give me more years yet to live, hence more time to explore future opportunities. We assess the prospect of more life from our perspective now, as living beings immersed in the present. Because the past is over, most of us are unlikely to waste time regretting that we were not born earlier. To that extent, Lucretius is correct in his premise that during our actual real lives we do not normally look back to the years before our birth and covet them as a lost opportunity to be alive and to engage in experiences for their own sake.

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