The Palgrave Handbook of the Philosophy of Aging
Scarre, Geoffrey (EDT)
Palgrave Macmillan 2017/01
627 p. 24 cm
This handbook presents the major philosophical perspectives on the nature, prospects, problems and social context of age and aging in an era of dramatically increasing life-expectancy.
This comprehensive handbook presents the major philosophical perspectives on the nature, prospects, problems and social context of age and aging in an era of dramatically increasing life-expectancy. Drawing on the latest research in gerontology, medicine and the social sciences, its twenty-seven chapters examine our intuitions and common sense beliefs about the meaning of aging and explore topics such as the existential experience of old age, aging in different philosophical and religious traditions, the place of the elderly in contemporary society and the moral rights and responsibilities of the old. This book provides innovative and leading-edge research that will help to determine the parameters of the philosophy of aging for years to come. Key Features * Structured in four parts addressing the meaning, experience, ethics and future of aging * Comprehensive ethical coverage including of the retirement age, health-care for the elderly and the transhumanist life-extending project * Focused treatment of the dementia 'epidemic' and the philosophy of the mind and self The Palgrave Handbook of the Philosophy of Aging is an essential resource for scholars, researchers and advanced students in the philosophy of the self, moral and political philosophy, bioethics, phenomenology, narrative studies and philosophy of economics. It is also an ideal volume for researchers, advanced students and professionals in gerontology, health care, psychology, sociology and population studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction Geoffrey Scarre Part 1 The Meaning of Aging 1. How old is old? Changing conceptions of old age Christine Overall 2. Gerontology versus geriatrics: different ways of understanding aging and old age Chris 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 aging Jan Baars 5. The aging of people and of things Geoffrey Scarre 6. Aging in religious perspective Charles Taliaferro and Meredith Varie 7. Aging in classical philosophy Audrey L. Anton 8. Old age in existentialist perspective Kristana Arp 9. Aging and modern Jewish writing and thought Michael Mack Part 2 The Experience of Aging 10. The stories of our lives: aging and narrative David Carr 11. Coming to terms with old age - and death Christopher Cowley 12. Feeling one's age: a phenomenology of aging Michael Bavidge 13. Aging and the maintenance of dignity Russell Woodruff 14. Wisdom and aging Charles Taliaferro and Meredith Varie 15. Does self-identity persist into old age? Helen Sm all 16. Dementia and the nature of mind Julian C. Hughes 17. 'This damnable, disgusting old age: aging and (being) one's body Christopher Hamilton Part 3 The Ethics of Aging 18. Aging, getting older and the good life Diane Jeske 19. Aging as becoming oneself: a philosophical ethics of later life Thomas Rentsch 20. Filial duties Diane Jeske 21. What do the old owe the young? Soren Holm 22. Benefits or burdens? The social role of the old Andreas Kruse 23. Virtue, aging and failing Mary Margaret McCabe 24. Ethical issues in dementia care Chris Gilleard and Paul Higgs Part 4 The Future of Aging 25. Health care for old age: rights, duties and expectations Anita Silvers and Mary V. Rorty 26. How long should people work? Audrey L. Anton 27. The transhumanist prospect: developing technology to extend the human lifespan Christopher Wareham Index