Life and death ethics: Burden of natality and mortality
CitationCoşkun Özüaydın, Bergen. “Life and Death Ethics”, Philosophical Problems in the Contemporary World, (Ed. Dilek Arlı Çil, Nihal Petek Boyacı), Peter Lang, Berlin, 2019, s. 87-106
Birth is something that has expected by everyone who lived in the past and who currently live. Whether we define our presence in the world as thrownness (geworfenheit) as defined by Heidegger or think that natality is a miracle like Hannah Arendt puts it, it is for sure that being born and having a life are nested one in another. Birth is the thing to which we owe our living existence. When we talk about living things, therefore human beings, an experience which is as definite and unchangeable as being born is death. Although accepting the reality that one who was born and who is living will have an end of his/her life and will face death of which we have no knowledge of what will happen thereafter, might be difficult for the living beings, and despite the fact that human beings have been trying to find the secret to immortality for hundreds of years, the death is, at least for now, something from which there is no escape and is imminent and attached to our existence the same was birth is. Man is born and lives with the certain potential of dying that will happen one day. Birth and death are the simplest, most ordinary and spontaneous facts that happen to a human being. However, this ordinary and simple fact, being born and to...
SourcePhilosophical Problems in the Contemporary World
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