Walking with death, walking with science, walking with living: Philosophical praxis and happiness

Gray, Frances (2005) Walking with death, walking with science, walking with living: Philosophical praxis and happiness. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 1 2: 334-347.

Author Gray, Frances
Title Walking with death, walking with science, walking with living: Philosophical praxis and happiness
Journal name Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy
ISSN 1832-9101
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 1
Issue 2
Start page 334
End page 347
Total pages 14
Place of publication Hawthorn, Vic., Australia
Publisher Cosmos Publishing Cooperative
Language eng
Abstract This paper explores the consequences of acknowledging that we are the dead walking with the dead. I argue that if we take the view that life frames death, rather than the view that death frames life, then we must refigure our living as ethical creatures. Using Aristotle's notion that we become virtuous by practising virtue, I argue that happiness, thought of in terms of ethical living, should temper our attitude to death as the inevitable end we must all encounter. Acknowledgement of our dying and our death enhances the ethical imperative to live virtuously and to promote human flourishing. I adopt a Buddhist reading of death and dying to interpret the Aristotelian perspective.
Keyword Death
Flourishing
Ethics
Aristotle
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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