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Epilogue: Extinction in the Anthropocene

David Sepkoski

in Catastrophic Thinking: Extinction and the Value of Diversity from Darwin to the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226348612
eISBN:
9780226354613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226354613.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The epilogue examines how the history of extinction imaginaries described in this book sheds light on current debates about the future of the global environment and the survival of the human race. ... More


Death, Value, and the Afterlife: Responses

Samuel Scheffler

in Death and the Afterlife

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199982509
eISBN:
9780199369973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982509.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter responds to the essays by Harry Frankfurt, Niko Kolodny, Seana Shiffrin, and Susan Wolf that are included in the book. It addresses a range of issues raised in those essays. Among the ... More


The Significance of Doomsday

Susan Wolf

in Death and the Afterlife

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199982509
eISBN:
9780199369973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982509.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This commentary raises doubts about three of Scheffler’s claims. First, it questions whether reacting to the prospect of doomsday with apathy and despair shows that people are less egoistic than we ... More


Death and the Afterlife

Samuel Scheffler

Niko Kolodny (ed.)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199982509
eISBN:
9780199369973
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982509.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Even if we do not believe in a personal afterlife in which we survive our own deaths, we assume that there will be a “collective afterlife” in which humanity survives long after we are gone. Samuel ... More


The Afterlife (Part I)

Samuel Scheffler

in Death and the Afterlife

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199982509
eISBN:
9780199369973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982509.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

We normally assume that other people will live on after we ourselves have died. Even if we do not believe in a personal afterlife, we assume that there will be a “collective afterlife” in which ... More


The Afterlife (Part II)

Samuel Scheffler

in Death and the Afterlife

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199982509
eISBN:
9780199369973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982509.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter continues the discussion of the afterlife conjecture and its implications. The conjecture is said to cast light on the limits of individualism and on the relation between value and ... More


The Badness of Death and What to Do About It (if Anything)

F. M. Kamm

in Almost Over: Aging, Dying, Dead

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190097158
eISBN:
9780190097189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190097158.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Chapter 1 discusses the pros and cons of four views about the badness of death on the assumption that it involves one’s ceasing to exist: Deprivationism, Willlhavehadism, Alloverism, and Insultism. ... More


How the Afterlife Matters

Harry G. Frankfurt

in Death and the Afterlife

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199982509
eISBN:
9780199369973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982509.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This comment questions Scheffler’s account of how and why the collective afterlife matters to us. Many things that matter to us, in particular those things whose mattering to us depends on their ... More


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