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Essays on Life, Death, and Free Will
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Building on Fischer's previous book, My Way a major aim of this volume is to show important connections between issues relating to life and death and issues relating to free will. More specifically, Fischer argues that we endow our lives with a certain distinctive kind of meaning--an irreducible narrative dimension of value--by exhibiting free will. Thus, in acting freely, we transform our lives so that our stories matter.
Selling point: A companion to Fischer's My Way
Selling point: Presents a comprehensive view of central questions about life, death, and freedom of the will
2: "Why is Death Bad?"
3: "Death, Badness, and the Impossibility of Experience"
4: "Death and the Psychological Conception of Personal Identity"
5: "Earlier Birth and Later Death: Symmetry Through Thick and Thin"
6: "Why Immortality is Not So Bad"
7: "Epicureanism About Death and Immortality"
9: "Free Will, Death, and Immortality: The Role of Narrative"
10: "Stories and the Meaning of Life"
John Martin Fischer , Professor of Philospphy, University of California, Riverside, United States
John Martin Fischer is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside.
"In his brilliant and original book, Fischer offers us a theory connecting acting freely, self-expression and the story of the life of a person." - Keith Lehrer, Social Theory and Practice