Death Gives Meaning to Life

In Mark D. White (ed.), Doctor Strange and Philosophy. Chichester, UK: Wiley. pp. 17–24 (2018)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This chapter focuses on Martin Heidegger, who describes people's lives as “indifferent” until they experience angst, the genuine fear resulting from the realization that death is inevitable. There are many ways to experience angst. It could result from a near‐death experience (like Doctor Stephen Strange's car accident), the death of a loved one, or even from exposure to a work of art—such as the film Doctor Strange. Philosophers have argued for decades about Heidegger's affiliation with the Nazis, some claiming that one should not read his philosophy because of this taint. A similar issue also arises when Strange discovers that the Ancient One had been drawing power from the Dark Dimension to extend her life. Once the Ancient One recognizes that Doctor Strange could replace her, she is ready to accept death, even though she prolongs the final moment to enjoy her last sight of snow.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,323

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Heidegger og den andres død.Vigdis Songe-Møller - 2012 - Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift 47 (4):245-256.
Bargaining with Eternity and Numbering One's Days.George A. Dunn - 2018 - In Mark D. White (ed.), Doctor Strange and Philosophy. Chichester, UK: Wiley. pp. 3–16.
Death: 'nothing' gives insight.Eric J. Ettema - 2013 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 16 (3):575-585.
Death and philosophy.Jeff Malpas & Robert C. Solomon (eds.) - 1998 - New York: Routledge.
Death in Mind: Life, Meaning and Mortality.Kathy Behrendt - 2021 - In Michael Cholbi & Travis Timmerman (eds.), Exploring the Philosophy of Death and Dying: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives. New York, NY: Routledge. pp. 245-252.
Reflections on Society, Medicine and Death.Anne Moates - 2006 - Chisholm Health Ethics Bulletin 12 (2):9.
Heidegger and a hippo walk through those pearly gates.Thomas Cathcart - 2009 - New York: Viking Press. Edited by Daniel M. Klein.
Death and the Meaning of Life.Michael J. Sigrist - 2015 - Philosophical Papers 44 (1):83-102.
Does Death Give Meaning to Life?Brooke Alan Trisel - 2015 - Journal of Philosophy of Life 5 (2):62-81.
Heidegger on Death: A Critical Theological Essay.George Pattison - 2013 - Burlington, VT: Routledge. Edited by George Pattison.

Analytics

Added to PP
2023-06-15

Downloads
11 (#1,143,314)

6 months
8 (#370,917)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Sander H. Lee
Keene State College

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references