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By Christine Overall

ISBN-10: 0520232984

ISBN-13: 9780520232983

With the aid of drugs and expertise we live longer than ever earlier than. As human lifestyles spans have elevated, the ethical and political matters surrounding sturdiness became extra advanced. should still we wish to dwell so long as attainable? What are the social ramifications of longer lives? How does an extended lifestyles span swap the way in which we expect in regards to the price of our lives and approximately dying and death? Christine total bargains a transparent and clever dialogue of the philosophical and cultural matters surrounding this tough and infrequently emotionally charged factor. Her publication is exclusive in its finished presentation and overview of the arguments--both historical and contemporary--for and opposed to prolonging lifestyles. It additionally proposes a revolutionary social coverage for responding to dramatic raises in lifestyles expectancy. Writing from a feminist point of view, total highlights the ways in which our biases approximately race, classification, and gender have affected our perspectives of aged humans and sturdiness, and her coverage strategies symbolize an attempt to beat those biases. She additionally covers the arguments surrounding the query of the "duty to die" and contains a provocative dialogue of immortality. After judiciously weighing the advantages and the dangers of prolonging human lifestyles, total persuasively concludes that the size of lifestyles does topic and that its length could make a distinction to the standard and cost of our lives. Her publication should be a vital advisor as we think about our social tasks, the that means of human lifestyles, and the clients of residing longer.

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However, I do not think it follows that we must like this aspect of being human. As Richard Momeyer (1988, 10) puts it, “The mystique of death acceptance advocates an essentially passive and complacent view toward the status quo,” a view easily open to exploitation by politicians, military leaders, and corporate executives whose goals would be facilitated by a populace that is accepting of death. Focusing on acceptance as the uniquely moral and psychologically healthy response to one’s inevitable death runs the risk of making lack of acceptance of death a greater problem than death itself ( Momeyer 1988, 8).

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. Ecclesiastes 3:1–2 Apologists seek to remind us that death is normal and natural. “Even if the soul were not immortal, [Cicero said,] it is desirable that the duration of life be limited just as a play is limited in length” (Gruman 1997, 14–15). ” As Lucretius puts it, “A certain bound of life is fixed to mortals; nor can death be avoided, [n]or can we exempt ourselves from undergoing it” (1997, 143).

The oldest old are a select group of individuals who “get over the hump” because they are able to delay illness to a short period at the end of their lives—to compress morbidity. (Perls and Silver 1999, 149) It is especially ironic that bioethicists such as Callahan seek to treat the maximum desirable length of human life as seventy-five or eighty, which “Remember You Must Die” / 43 is just around the age at which the cohort of individuals who live that long may begin to anticipate fewer health problems than those in slightly younger cohorts.

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