- Introduction: Philosophy of Death
- When Do Things Die?
- Death and the Disintegration of Personality
- The Person and the Corpse
- Personal Identity and the Survival of Death
- The Evil of Death: What Can Metaphysics Contribute?
- Death and Eternal Recurrence
- Death in Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
- When Death Is There, We Are Not: Epicurus on Pleasure and Death
- The Badness of Death and the Goodness of Life
- The Symmetry Problem
- The Timing Problem
- Death, Value, and Desire
- Death and Rational Emotion
- Retroactive Harms and Wrongs
- The Makropulos Case RevisitedReflections on Immortality and Agency
- The Wrongness of Killing and the Badness of Death
- Abortion and Death
- The Morality of Killing in War: Some Traditional and Nontraditional Views
- The Significance of Death for Animals
- Capital Punishment
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter analyzes the issue of immortality in the opera “The Makropulos Case” and reviews Bernard Williams's essay inspired by the opera, which argues against immortality. It suggests that the widespread longing for an extended existence is an expression of our agency and that the rational appeal of extended existence rests on the fact that human beings are autonomous agents with a distinctively agential character.
Connie S. Rosati is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. Her research mainly addresses issues about personal good, moral motivation, and the nature and objectivity of law. She is the author of “Persons, Perspectives, and Full Information Accounts of the Good” (Ethics 1995), “Personal Good” (Metaethics After Moore, ed. Terry Horgan and Mark Timmons, 2006), “Objectivism and Relational Good” (Social Philosophy & Policy 2008), and “Some Puzzles About the Objectivity of Law” (Law and Philosophy 2004). She is currently working on a book about personal good.
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