Death and Dying

Death and Dying

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Billions have died in the thousands of years since human beings first developed language, but we do not have a single credible account of the subjective experience of dying and the afterlife. This is why death continues to be an immense mystery and a subject of eternal fascination. In Death and Dying, scholars and intellectuals illumine the major issues raised by the inevitable ending to life. The range is wide: from the dread that accompanies all notions of mortality to the objective evidence for the existence of an afterlife; from an exploration of the spiritual dimensions of mourning to analyses of how death was perceived and interpreted by geniuses like John Keats, Rabindranath Tagore and Carl Jung. Utterly compelling, these essays prompt us to question our fears and notions of death while enabling us to perceive this phenomenon with greater understanding and intelligence.a#39;I myself never considered it all that funny, butJim loved it, and mydutiful retelling ofit whenwe met providedsome ofthe glueofour friendship. ... I begin my teaching of Keats by telling the students this story, which in a different form Doctorow repeats in hisbook Lives of the Poets. ... A week afterhavinghis own first haemorrhagea€”a year before his death at the age of twentyfivea€”Keats wrote to his friendanbsp;...

Title:Death and Dying
Author:Sudhir Kakar
Publisher:Penguin UK - 2014-07-01


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