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Aging, Death, and Human Longevity: A Philosophical Inquiry (BFI Modern Classics) Hardcover – 14 Mar 2003


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (14 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520232984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520232983
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,952,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Is a longer life a good in itself? Christine Overall carefully explores the philosophical tradition and current arguments to conclude that living a longer life is better. For those who believe that philosophy should concern real issues of everyday life that genuinely matter to our ability to live well, this book is essential."-Joan Tronto, author of Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care; "This terrific book should be read by anybody who wants to think clearly about aging, death, or longevity. It takes on the widespread opposition to systematic social attention to prolonging healthy life, layig bare some of its unsavory underpinnings (ageism, sexism, etc.). It also encourages us to think creatively about what longer life could offer us and humanity as a whole."-Laura Purdy, author of Reproducing Persons"

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Christine Overall is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She is author of Thinking Like a Woman: Personal Life and Political Ideas (2001), A Feminist I: Reflections from Academia (1998), and Human Reproduction: Principles, Practices, Policies (1993), among other books.

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