Death: Philosophy definitions

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Philosophers and death:

In antiquity, Epicureanism literally pulverizes and removes the concept of death: death is nothing. The position of Epicurus is updated to modern times, for Sartre, who spurned the idea of ​​death, as Heidegger tries to find her deep in our experience.

Bits of Latin, death means the end of life, the physical cessation of life. If this definition is known to us all, it can be enlarged. Indeed, in its medical sense, it is the end of brain function defined by a flat electroencephalogram. In its philosophical sense now, it was considered successively by a number of authors. Plato was thus defined as the end of a terrestrial life and access to an ideal world. Epicurus or Lucretius, have defined it as the dissolution of soul and body. Heidegger sees it as the very form of human life considered in its finitude; this form before and assumed, allows access to its authenticity. Finally, Sartre saw death as a fact without any ontological question.

Definitions of Philosophers:



[Death], “Is this something that the separation of soul from the body? It died when the body is separate from the soul remains alone, apart, with himself, and when the soul, separated from the body, left alone, apart, with itself “…


“Familiarize yourself with the idea that death is nothing to us, as all good and evil lie in sensation, gold, death is the complete denial of the latter […]. Thus, the sore that is most thrilling is nothing for us, since as long as we exist, death is not, and that death is where we are not. ”

Montaigne :

That to philosophize is to learn to die


“Death, if we want to name and this unreality, is the most dangerous thing […]. This is not the life that recoils in horror at the death and preserves pure destruction, but life is death, and remains even in death, which is the life of the mind. ”


“Death is the moment of liberation from a narrow and uniform individuality, which, far from the inner substance of our being, is rather as a kind of aberration. ”


“This means that one end by the death does not mean, for human reality, being-in-my-purpose be-finished, it means the end for a being who is the being that exists. Death is a way of being human reality that assumes, as it is: When a human comes to life, it is already old enough to die. ”


[Death] “Not only the project that destroyed all projects and that destroyed itself […]. It is the triumph of the perspective of others on the point of view I am myself. ”

“Death is the meaning of my future-self to present to the other”


Cite this article as: Tim, "Death: Philosophy definitions, November 2, 2011, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, November 2, 2011,

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