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Re-imaging Death and Dying free pdf Apprehension - some might call it an outright fear - surrounds the efforts to investigate, analyse, or discuss the inescapably profound experiences of dying and death. Most people have encountered death and its consequences in their own lives in some way- many have suffered from a loved one's dying process. The experiences associated with dying, especially in regards to a loved one, are not abstract but emotionally involving and very personal, and discussion can be provocative and emotionally arousing. It is even possible that conversations that open on the topics of dying or death may include participants who are themselves dying or undergoing a grief or mourning experience that makes them much more sensitive to the subject than would otherwise would be the case. So the topic is itself an emotionally sensitive one, and sensitive people do not want to cause hurt or offend. The result is that there are so many difficult and complex emotions involved in death and dying issues that, at times, it is hard to focus clearly on the cognitive aspects. The prospect of hurt feelings does not, however, provide adequate grounds to avoid controversial issues. The central flaw with the sensitivity argument - which makes morality depend upon the emotional reactions of one or more people - is that merely feeling a certain way does not entail that one should feel that way. At one time, interracial relationships caused extreme reactions from racists, but obviously, what the racists felt indicated nothing about such relationships but a great deal about their own moral failings as people. The same conclusion might apply when emotions are involved in death and dying discussions. On the other hand, feelings and emotional reactions should not be ignored or discarded. Emotion is a fundamental component in ethics for without it, morality and ethics would be empty terms. Recall Hume's argument that without emotions, especially sympathy or what we call empathy, it would be impossible to select between the pricking of one's thumb and the destruction of the world. Should we be so devoid of emotion, so indifferent as not to care more about the destruction of the world than the pricking of one's thumb, we would be like Buridan's ass starving to death between two equidistant bales of hay. Hence, in order to be applicable to the real world, emotions and feelings have a role to play in ethics, but what that role is to be must itself be subject to critical scrutiny. The 6th Global Conference: Making Sense of Dying and Death held in Salzburg, Austria in October and November, 2008 is a component of the Inter-Disciplinary.Net's Probing the Boundaries project. The project's purpose is to create working 'encounter' groups between people of differing perspectives, disciplines, professions, vocations and contexts.A" The inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary aim of the conference, and hence, of this book and its articles, is the building of an enduring, useful marketplace of ideas much along the lines John Stuart Mill advocated. Mill argued that if too few people control information processes or if access to data is too restricted, then the beliefs people have and the solutions they create to solve problems are likely to be more myopic than if an unrestricted marketplace of ideas existed. A lack of diversity gives some individuals excessive power over those lacking the ability to be fully invested in the market, and although the former might be well intentioned, the beliefs they have and solutions they pursue could themselves be distortions that fail to reflect reality.

About Dennis R. Cooley

Dennis R. Cooley is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at North Dakota State University and Associate Director of the Northern Plains Ethics Institute. Lloyd Steffen is Professor of Religion Studies and University Chaplain at Lehigh University. He is the author of several books, including Holy War, Just War: Exploring the Moral Meaning of Religious Violence, published in 2007 by Rowman and Littlefield.

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Author : Dennis R. Cooley
Publisher : Inter-Disciplinary Press
Data Published : 01 January 2010
ISBN : 1904710824
EAN : 9781904710820
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 353 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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