Attitudes Toward Death

  • Paul Carrick
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 18)


No matter how much the Greeks valued health, they realized that sooner or later even the healthiest and most robust among them must die. It is my purpose in this chapter to illustrate some of the attitudes that the Greeks had toward death at various times in their cultural development. What I shall argue is that the Greeks had no single view on the meaning of death. Rather they held a plurality of often conflicting views, just as we do in our own culture today.


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