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Kobe Bryant, Memento Mori: Death, Religion, Philosophy, Basketball


The memento mori is a profoundly important aspect of religious reflection on the fleeting nature of life and the need to prepare spiritually for the inevitability of death. This essay considers two recent examples--the deaths of a world-renowned athletic celebrity and an obscure academic philosopher--and explores the contrasting images of death and its meaning found in religious and secular philosophical understandings.

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Riley, A. Kobe Bryant, Memento Mori: Death, Religion, Philosophy, Basketball. Soc 57, 627–630 (2020).

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