Some articles on subject of death: what our attitude to our own death should be, does life after death make sense, would immortality be such a good thing after all and the medical definition death. The issue of the definition of death is critical when thinking about organ transplant.
Is death a misfortune?
- Death, by Thomas Nagel (PDF) – The philosopher, Thomas Nagel, argues that it is not being in the "state" of death that is bad but loss of the life that we would have had.
- Summary of Nagel's article (PDF) – A useful outline of the above article.
- How bad is death? (PDF)
- You did What? To Whom? When?—A defense of Epicurius (PDF)
Is immortality all it's cracked up to be?
- The Makropulos Case: reflections on the tedium of immortality (PDF) — An article by Bernard Williams which uses the opera The Makropulos Case as his starting point for discussing the undesirability of immortality. [Mobi ebook version suitable for reading on a Kindle] [Epub ebook version]
- Immortality and Meaning: Reflections on the Makropulos Debate (PDF)
- Is the immortal life worth living? (PDF)
- Why immortality is not so bad? (PDF)
- Would immortality be desirable (Part 1)
- Would immortality be desirable (Part 2)
- Would immortality be desirable (Part 3)
Medical definitions of death
- The UK Definition of Death by David Jones — David Jones looks at the definition of death that has been developed under UK law and argues that it has been largely motivated by the desire to justify moving patients off expensive life-support systems and allow for the effective harvesting of organs for transplant.
- Call to revamp death definition
- Information-theoretic death (Wikipedia)
- The Definition of Death (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
- The Definition of Death by Rick Garlikov
Life after death
- Afterlife by Gerald A Larue (PDF)
- Life After Death by Steve Stewart-Williams (PDF)
- Remember the Six Billion: thoughts on the coherence of reincarnation (PDF)
- Soul Survivor: more thoughts on the coherence of reincarnation (PDF)
- Woody Allen, P.D. James, and Bernard Williams walk into a philosophy book... — Review of Death and the Afterlife by Samuel Scheffler