Society

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 247–249 | Cite as

The Need for Death

Symposium: Extending Life Indefinitely

Abstract

‘Social precognition’ is the forerunner of new developments in science and technology such as extended life or immortality. While life-extension may have been neglected by philosophers or social scientists, it has been explored in depth by creative writers. They underline the threat of new kinds of inequality and of the conservatism of a society that protects the interests of the long-lived. They also question the quality of a longer life as likely to be lonely and empty rather than wise, peaceful and fulfilled.

Keywords

Immortality Death Life extension 

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© Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Science and SocietyUniversity of NottinghamUniversity ParkUK

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