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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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The Inevitability of Our Own Death

The Inevitability of Our Own Death

The Celebration of Time as a Prelude to Disaster

(p.278) Chapter Fourteen The Inevitability of Our Own Death
The Drama of Possibility

John J. McDermott

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents an essay on the inevitability of death and the celebration of time as a prelude to disaster. It analyses different situations that show the terminality of life, including capital punishment, chronic disease and suicide. Death may result from various events, but in all instances of terminality, death is due to forces outside of people's control. This chapter also considers how political, philosophical and religious thought of the last century and a half has been characterized by increasing dubiety about the possibility of immortality.

Keywords:   death, terminality of life, capital punishment, suicide, chronic disease, immortality, essay

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