Making Sense Of: Dying and Death


Editor: Andrew Fagan
This book aims to extend upon the growing body of literature concerned with dying and death. The book analyses various experiences and representations of dying and death from the perspective of academic disciplines as diverse as theology, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, and literature. The rationale for this is simple. As objects of study dying and death cannot be usefully reduced to a single academic perspective. One cannot hope to gain a deep and comprehensive understanding of dying and death by gazing at them through a single lens. Bringing various perspectives in a single volume aims to both accurately record those enduring properties of the phenomena, such as mourning and fear, whilst simultaneously analysing the diversity and heterogeneity of human beings’ attempts to come to terms with this most forbidding of existential horizons.

Table of contents

Andrew FAGAN: Introduction Asa KASHER: Life in the Heart Darlene FOZARD WEAVER: Sorrow Unconsoling and Inconsolable Sorrow: Grief as a Moral and Religious Practice Clarice FORD: Understanding Our Pain: The Experiences of African American Women Through the Death and Dying Process Kate ARTHUR: Terror of Death in the Wake of September 11th: Is this the End of Death Denial? David JOHNSON: Kafka’s God Of Suffocation: The Futility Of ‘Facing’ Death Heather McKENZIE: Personal and Collective Fears of Death: A Complex Intersection for Cancer Survivors Mira CROUCH: Last Matters: The Latent Meanings of Contemporary Funeral Rites Vera KALITZKUS: Neither Dead-Nor-Alive: Organ Donation and the Paradox of ‘Living Corpses’ Andrew FAGAN: Avoidable Death: Multiculturalism and Respecting Patient Autonomy Roger S MAGNUSSON: The “Euthanasia Underground” and its Implications for the Harm Minimization Debate: an Australian Perspective Clare Emily CLIFFORD: “Suicides Have a Special Language”: Practicing Literary Suicide with Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and John Berryman Gary PETERS: Time To Die: The Temporality of Death and the Philosophy of Singularity