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    Unamuno on making oneself indispensable and having the strength to long for immortality.Adam Buben - 2021 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 90 (2):133-148.
    Unamuno believes that longing for immortality is what motivates nearly all of human behavior. Unfortunately, in a world in which many people despair of ever achieving true personal immortality, we increasingly turn to what he calls mere “shadows of immortality” for comforting ideas about how our names, energy, or basic material substance will carry on in our absence. Unamuno advocates fighting against such despair, staying out of the shadows, and longing for personal immortality even when it seems impossible. Unamuno’s approach (...)
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    Technology of the Dead: Objects of Loving Remembrance or Replaceable Resources?Adam Buben - 2015 - Philosophical Papers 44 (1):15-37.
    This paper addresses ethical questions surrounding death given imagined but not unlikely technological advancements in the near future. For example, how will highly detailed interactive simulations of deceased personalities affect the way we deal with dying and interact with the dead? Most cultures have at least a vague sense of duties to the dead, and many of these duties are related to the memorial preservation of decedents. I worry that our advances might be paralleled by a deteriorating grasp of what (...)
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    Neither Irrationalist Nor Apologist: Revisiting Faith and Reason in Kierkegaard.Adam Buben - 2013 - Philosophy Compass 8 (3):318-326.
    One of the most hotly contested debates in Kierkegaard studies concerns his sense of the relationship between faith and reason. Often caricatured as a proponent of irrational fideism, scholarship in recent decades has tried to present a more nuanced account of Kierkegaard’s position. Two likely interpretive options have emerged: supra‐rationalism and anti‐rationalism. On the former view, Kierkegaard believes that while the achievement of faith is beyond the capabilities of reason, there are still ways that reason can aid the maintenance of (...)
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    Kierkegaard and Death.Patrick Stokes & Adam Buben (eds.) - 2011 - Indiana University Press.
    Few philosophers have devoted such sustained, almost obsessive attention to the topic of death as Søren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard and Death brings together new work on Kierkegaard's multifaceted discussions of death and provides a thorough guide to the development, in various texts and contexts, of Kierkegaard’s ideas concerning death. Essays by an international group of scholars take up essential topics such as dying to the world, living death, immortality, suicide, mortality and subjectivity, death and the meaning of life, remembrance of the (...)
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    Personal Immortality in Transhumanism and Ancient Indian Philosophy.Adam Buben - 2019 - Philosophy East and West 69 (1):71-85.
    Transhumanism has a great deal in common with religion as traditionally conceived. James J. Hughes claims that "a variety of metaphysics appear to be compatible with one form of transhumanism or the other, from various Abrahamic views of the soul to Buddho-Hindu ideas of reincarnation to animist ideas."1 Most notably, the range of technologically optimistic views held by transhumanists shares with many religions a longing for transcendence of our presently frail and limited situation. In contrast to the doctrines of many (...)
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    Heidegger and the Supposed Meaninglessness of Personal Immortality.Adam Buben - 2016 - Journal of the American Philosophical Association 2 (3):384-399.
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    Do immortals need an eject button? Sartre and the importance of always having an exit.Adam Buben - 2021 - European Journal of Philosophy 30 (3):1135-1146.
    European Journal of Philosophy, Volume 30, Issue 3, Page 1135-1146, September 2022.
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    Do immortals need an eject button? Sartre and the importance of always having an exit.Adam Buben - 2021 - European Journal of Philosophy 30 (3):1135-1146.
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    The Dark Side of Desire: Nietzsche, Transhumanism, and Personal Immortality.Adam Buben - 2020 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 59 (1):66-84.
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  10. Christian Hate: Death, Dying, and Reason in Pascal and Kierkegaard.Adam Buben - 2011 - In Patrick Stokes & Adam Buben (eds.), Kierkegaard and Death. Indiana University Press.
     
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    Heidegger's Reception of Kierkegaard: The Existential Philosophy of Death.Adam Buben - 2013 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (5):967-988.
    After briefly drawing attention to two key strains in the history of philosophy's dealings with death, the Platonic and the Epicurean, I describe a more recent philosophical alternative to viewing death in terms of this ancient dichotomy. This is the alternative championed by the likes of Søren Kierkegaard, the father of existentialism, and Martin Heidegger, whose work on death tends to overshadow Kierkegaard's despite the undeniable influence exerted on him by the nineteenth century Dane. By exploring this influence, a deep (...)
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    Dying to Live: Transhumanism, Cryonics, and Euthanasia.Adam Buben - 2015 - In Michael Cholbi & Jukka Varelius (eds.), New Directions in the Ethics of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. Cham: Springer Verlag. pp. 299-313.
    It might seem counterintuitive to think transhumanists, who are typically characterized by extreme techno-optimism and hope for radical life-extension, would be interested in assisted dying. Because the technological enhancements they long for will probably not be available during their natural lifetimes, many transhumanists at least entertain the idea of having themselves cryonically preserved to buy some additional time for real-world technology to catch up to their dreams. However, since an ideal preservation would take place before serious cellular deterioration sets in, (...)
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    The Hope of Meaningful Immortality.Adam Buben - 2021 - Journal of Philosophical Research 46:89-103.
    Ever since Bernard Williams (1993) made the character Elina Makropulos central to his case against the desirability of immortality, a debate has raged on between philosophers who join him in arguing that immortal life would lack meaning, and those who defend the prospects of meaningful everlasting existence. I will argue that a never-ending existence offers more hope for personal meaning and value than ordinary finite existence does. To illustrate the idea that having a necessary ending spoils life’s meaning, I introduce (...)
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    The Perils of Overcoming “Worldliness” in Kierkegaard and Heidegger.Adam Buben - 2012 - Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual 2:65-88.
    Kierkegaard’s treatment of death has a great deal in common with Heidegger’s notion of “authentic Being-towards-death.” Most importantly, both thinkers argue that an individual’s death, rather than simply annihilating an individual’s life, meaningfully impacts this life while it is still being lived. Heidegger, like Kierkegaard before him, provides an anti-Epicurean account in which life and death are co-present. Despite this kinship, there have been numerous efforts from both the Kierkegaardian camp and from Heidegger himself to distinguish sharply the one from (...)
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    The Kierkegaardian Mind.Patrick Stokes, Eleanor Helms & Adam Buben (eds.) - 2019 - New York: Routledge.
    Søren Kierkegaard remains one of the most enigmatic, captivating, and elusive thinkers in the history of European thought. The Kierkegaardian Mindprovides a comprehensive survey of his work, not only placing it in its historical context but also exploring its contemporary significance. Comprising thirty-eight chapters by a team of international contributors, this handbook is divided into eight parts covering the following themes: Methodology Ethics Aesthetics Philosophy of Religion and Theology Philosophy of Mind Anthropology Epistemology Politics. Essential reading for students and researchers (...)
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    Meaning and mortality in Kierkegaard and Heidegger: origins of the existential philosophy of death.Adam Buben - 2016 - Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press.
    The Platonic strain -- The Epicurean strain -- Kierkegaard's death project -- Kierkegaard's appropriation and criticism of the tradition -- Death in Being and time -- Heidegger's reception of Kierkegaard : the existential philosophy of death -- The limits and legacy of the existential philosophy of death.
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    The Existential Compromise in the History of the Philosophy of Death.Adam Buben - 2011 - Dissertation, Proquest
    I begin by offering an account of two key strains in the history of philosophical dealings with death. Both strains initially seek to diminish fear of death by appealing to the idea that death is simply the separation of the soul from the body. According to the Platonic strain, death should not be feared since the soul will have a prolonged existence free from the bodily prison after death. With several dramatic modifications, this is the strain that is taken up (...)
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    The Paradoxical Rationality of Søren Kierkegaard.Adam Buben - 2014 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 22 (4):635-640.
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    The Kierkegaardian Mind (Routledge Philosophical Minds).Patrick Stokes, Eleanor Helms & Adam Buben (eds.) - 2019 - New York: Routledge Philosophical Minds.
    Søren Kierkegaard remains one of the most enigmatic, captivating, and elusive thinkers in the history of European thought. The Kierkegaardian Mindprovides a comprehensive survey of his work, not only placing it in its historical context but also exploring its contemporary significance. Comprising thirty-eight chapters by a team of international contributors, this handbook is divided into eight parts covering the following themes: Methodology Ethics Aesthetics Philosophy of Religion and Theology Philosophy of Mind Anthropology Epistemology Politics. Essential reading for students and researchers (...)
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    Patrick Sheil: Kierkegaard and Levinas: The Subjunctive Mood: Ashgate, Surrey, England, 2010, xviii + 288 pp. [REVIEW]Adam Buben - 2011 - Human Studies 34 (4):475-480.