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Good selection, but introduction gets lost amidst sarcasm
on 26 August 2016
This is an edited anthology of philosophical writings on immortality, ranging from ancient times (Plato) to the present. It includes a 70-page introduction to the main philosophical issues around immortality by the editor, a philosopher. This covers not only immortality, but also the mind-body problem and the nature of personal identity. Although these are relevant to immortality, most of his introduction (and quite a number of his selections) gets totally lost in detailed and esoteric philosophical disputes about those topics, very much aimed at the specialist - reading through, you get the impression he forgot this book was about immortality. Edwards is openly sceptical about all forms of immortality, but inappropriately dismissive and even sarcastic when writing about beliefs he does not share and writers he does not agree with.