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The Palgrave Handbook of the Philosophy of Aging


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Introduction Geoffrey Scarre Part 1 The Meaning of Aging 1. How old is old? Changing conceptions of old ageChristine Overall 2. Gerontology versus geriatrics: different ways of understanding aging and old ageChris Gilleard and Paul Higgs 3. The physiology and psychology of aging: should aging be successful or authentic?Julian C. Hughes 4. Concepts of time in age and agingJan Baars 5. The aging of people and of thingsGeoffrey Scarre 6. Aging in religious perspectiveCharles Taliaferro and Meredith Varie 7. Aging in classical philosophyAudrey L. Anton 8. Old age in existentialist perspectiveKristana Arp

9. Aging and modern Jewish writing and thoughtMichael Mack Part 2 The Experience of Aging 10. The stories of our lives: aging and narrativeDavid Carr 11. Coming to terms with old age - and deathChristopher Cowley 12. Feeling one's age: a phenomenology of agingMichael Bavidge 13. Aging and the maintenance of dignityRussell Woodruff 14. Wisdom and agingCharles Taliaferro and Meredith Varie 15. Does self-identity persist into old age?Helen Small

16. Dementia and the nature of mindJulian C. Hughes 17. 'This damnable, disgusting old age: aging and (being) one's bodyChristopher Hamilton Part 3 The Ethics of Aging

18. Aging, getting older and the good lifeDiane Jeske 19. Aging as becoming oneself: a philosophical ethics of later lifeThomas Rentsch 20. Filial dutiesDiane Jeske 21. What do the old owe the young? Soren Holm 22. Benefits or burdens? The social role of the oldAndreas Kruse 23. Virtue, aging and failingMary Margaret McCabe 24. Ethical issues in dementia careChris Gilleard
and Paul Higgs Part 4 The Future of Aging 25. Health care for old age: rights, duties and expectationsAnita Silvers and Mary V. Rorty 26. How long should people work?Audrey L. Anton 27. The transhumanist prospect: developing technology to extend the human lifespanChristopher Wareham Index

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"In The Palgrave Handbook of the Philosophy of Aging, Geoffrey Scarre has assembled an impressively wide-ranging collection of new essays on the philosophy of aging. May you live long enough to find a better 'geranthology'!" (David Benatar, Head of the Department of Philosophy, University of Cape Town, South Africa) "What does it mean to be old? Is there such a thing as successful aging? This very diverse collection of essays covers a long history of reflection on the subject, from the Biblical observation of a time to be born and a time to die and the classical philosophical view that links old age to wisdom and moral virtue. Contemporary science has brought new dimensions to the aging concept while philosophy of mind can provide insights into the unwelcome condition of dementia. There is much to be gained from this book both for the scholar and the interested amateur - this is a subject in which we all have a part to play." (Brenda Almond, Emeritus Professor of Moral and Social Philosophy, University of Hull, UK) "A thoughtful and rich exploration of the philosophical issues and questions surrounding ageing. Those who think that aging is purely a topic for the biomedical sciences will find themselves mistaken. The book offers a rich vein of conceptual and philosophical reflection, worthy of sustained attention." (Havi Carel, Professor of Philosophy, University of Bristol, UK)

About the Author

Geoffrey Scarre is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University, UK. In recent years he has taught and published mainly in moral theory and applied ethics. His books include Utilitarianism (1996), After Evil: Responding to Wrongdoing (2004), Death (2007) and On Courage (2010). He is a director of the Durham University Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage.


"The Palgrave Handbook of the Philosophy of Aging is well executed and remedies a fault in the literature. I recommend it for scholars in aging studies, regardless of whether they are psychologists, sociologists, geriatricians, or other. Among its uses are as a general text for philosophy of aging courses and as a reference for persons who work in research or a profession associated with aging." (Lauren S. Seifert, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (26), June, 2017)

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