MORTALITY AS A PHILOSOPHICAL-ANTHROPOLOGICAL ISSUE: THANATOLOGY, NORMATIVITY, AND 'HUMAN NATURE'
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This paper examines mortality -the fact that we humans are all going to die - as an issue in philosophical anthropology, by applying a fourfold typology of some key forms of philosophical anthropology to the topic of death and mortality. First, this typology, originally suggested by Heikki Kannisto, is outlined; the mortality issue is, then, viewed from the perspective it opens. Finally, the challenges to our understanding of death and mortality that this perspective may help us meet are discussed. The treatment of mortality from the perspective of philosophical anthropology may make it more understandable in a manner that will highlight the importance of the concept of normativity in the philosophical examination of any such humanly relevant issue.
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