Abstract

Abstract:

Conventional wisdom in our society is that a good death involves accepting it as natural rather than striving to stave it off as long as possible. An alternative view is "Death can be good / I'll show you how / Just have it come / decades from now." In this essay, I discuss how I use this poem and other light verses of mine in teaching philosophy. These poems offer unusual viewpoints in several additional areas of philosophical and bioethical interest, including growth through adversity, old age, family relations, obesity, envy, inequality, and ambition. Such poems can supplement traditional philosophical writing by presenting these alternative viewpoints in an amusing way that can capture students' attention and relieve the solemnity that often pervades philosophy courses.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-7809
Print ISSN
0021-8510
Pages
pp. 3-13
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-15
Open Access
No
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