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The Drama of PossibilityExperience as Philosophy of Culture$
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John J. McDermott and Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226627

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226627.001.0001

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Why Bother

Why Bother

Is Life Worth Living? Experience as Pedagogical

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(p.223) Chapter Eleven Why Bother
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The Drama of Possibility
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John J. McDermott

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226627.003.0017

This chapter presents an essay that attempts to answer the question “is life worth living”. It states that in avoiding a present-minded response in answering this question, most people's answer would be: I wish I could die. This can be justified by the fact that death is a free act and its finality is very liberating. This chapter presents a philosophical analysis and phenomenological diagnosis of this question, and provides different definitions of the terms life and living.

Keywords:   life, death, living, philosophical analysis, phenomenological diagnosis, essay

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