Death and Dying: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion

The medicalization of death is a challenge for all the world’s religious and cultural traditions. Death’s meaning has been reduced to a diagnosis, a problem, rather than a mystery for humans to ponder. How have religious traditions responded? What resources do they bring to a discussion of death’s contemporary dilemmas? This book offers a range of creative and contextual responses from a variety of religious and cultural traditions. It features 14 essays from scholars of different religious and philosophical traditions, who spoke as part of a recent lecture and dialogue series of Drake University’s The Comparison Project. The scholars represent ethnologists, medical ethicists, historians, philosophers, and theologians–all facing up to questions of truth and value in the light of the urgent need to move past a strictly medicalized vision.

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