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  1. A new argument for anti-natalism.Christopher Belshaw - 2012 - South African Journal of Philosophy 31 (1):117-127.
    Consider the view that coming into existence is bad for us. Can we hold this and yet deny that ceasing to exist would be good for us? I argue that we can. First, many animals have lives such that they would be better off not existing. Second, if persons and babies are distinct things then the same is true of babies. Third, even if persons and babies are not distinct things – rather they are phases that human beings go through (...)
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  2. Animals, Identity and Persistence.Christopher Belshaw - 2011 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 (3):401-419.
    A number of claims are closely connected with, though logically distinct from, animalism. One is that organisms cease to exist when they die. Two others concern the relation of the brain, or the brainstem, to animal life. One of these holds that the brainstem is necessary for life—more precisely, that (say) my cat's brainstem is necessary for my cat's life to continue. The other is that it is sufficient for life—more precisely, that so long as (say) my cat's brainstem continues (...)
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    Annihilation: The Sense and Significance of Death.Christopher Belshaw - 2008 - Routledge.
    The ever-present possibility of death forces upon us the question of life's meaning and for this reason death has been a central concern of philosophers throughout history. From Socrates to Heidegger, philosophers have grappled with the nature and significance of death. In "Annihilation", Christopher Belshaw explores two central questions at the heart of philosophy's engagement with death: what is death; and is it bad that we die? Belshaw begins by distinguishing between literal and metaphorical uses of the term and offers (...)
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    Annihilation: The Sense and Significance of Death.Christopher Belshaw - 2008 - Routledge.
    The ever-present possibility of death forces upon us the question of life's meaning and for this reason death has been a central concern of philosophers throughout history. From Socrates to Heidegger, philosophers have grappled with the nature and significance of death. In "Annihilation", Christopher Belshaw explores two central questions at the heart of philosophy's engagement with death: what is death; and is it bad that we die? Belshaw begins by distinguishing between literal and metaphorical uses of the term and offers (...)
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    The Value and Meaning of Life.Christopher Belshaw - 2020 - New York, NY: Routledge.
    In this book Christopher Belshaw draws on earlier work concerning death, identity, animals, immortality, extinction, and builds a large-scale argument on the value and meaning of life. Rejecting suggestions that life is sacred or intrinsically valuable, he argues instead that its value varies, and varies considerably, both within and between different kinds of things. So in some case we might have reason to improve or save a life, while in others that reason will be lacking. The book's central section focuses (...)
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  6. Death, value and desire.Christopher Belshaw - unknown
    This chapter examines the connection between value and desire with regard to death. It argues that having categorical desires is a necessary condition for death to be bad for those who die, and that the degree to which death is bad bears a close relation to the number and strength of those desires. The chapter also analyzes the principles espoused by Jeff McMahan in his book “The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life.”.
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    Asymmetry and non-existence.Christopher Belshaw - 1993 - Philosophical Studies 70 (1):103 - 116.
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  8. What's Wrong with the Experience Machine?Christopher Belshaw - 2012 - European Journal of Philosophy 22 (4):573-592.
    Nozick's thought experiment is less effective than is often believed. Certainly, there could be reasons to enter the machine. Possibly, life there might be among the best of all those available. Yet we need to distinguish between two versions. On the first, I retain my beliefs, memories, dispositions, some knowledge. On the second, all these too are determined by the scientists. Nozick alludes to both versions. But only on the first will machine life have appeal.
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  9. 10 Good Questions About Life and Death.Christopher Belshaw (ed.) - 2005 - Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
    _10 Good Questions about Life and Death_ makes us think again about some of the most important issues we ever have to face. Addresses the fundamental questions that many of us ask about life and death. Written in an engaging and straightforward style, ideal for those with no formal background in philosophy. Focuses on commonly pondered issues, such as: Is life sacred? Is it bad to die? Is there life after death? Does life have meaning? And which life is best? (...)
  10. Immortality, Memory and Imagination.Christopher Belshaw - 2015 - The Journal of Ethics 19 (3-4):323-348.
    Immortality—living forever and avoiding death—seems to many to be desirable. But is it? It has been argued that an immortal life would fairly soon become boring, trivial, and meaningless, and is not at all the sort of thing that any of us should want. Yet boredom and triviality presuppose our having powerful memories and imaginations, and an inability either to shake off the past or to free ourselves of weighty visions of the future. Suppose, though, that our capacities here are (...)
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    Environmental philosophy: reason, nature, and human concern.Christopher Belshaw - 2001 - Chesham, Bucks [England]: Acumen Publishing.
    This introduction to the philosophy of the environment examines current debates on how we should think about the natural world and our place within it. The subject is examined from a determinedly analytic philosophical perspective, focusing on questions of value, but taking in attendant issues in epistemology and metaphysics as well. The book begins by considering the nature, extent and origin of the environmental problems with which we need to be concerned. Chapters go on to consider familiar strategies for dealing (...)
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  12. Environmental Philosophy: Reason, Nature and Human Concern.Christopher Belshaw - 2001 - Chesham, Bucks [England]: Routledge.
    This introduction to the philosophy of the environment examines current debates on how we should think about the natural world and our place within it. The subject is examined from a determinedly analytic philosophical perspective, focusing on questions of value, but taking in attendant issues in epistemology and metaphysics as well. The book begins by considering the nature, extent and origin of the environmental problems with which we need to be concerned. Chapters go on to consider familiar strategies for dealing (...)
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  13. Death, pain and time.Christopher Belshaw - 2000 - Philosophical Studies 97 (3):317-341.
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    Later death/earlier birth.Christopher Belshaw - 2000 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 24 (1):69–83.
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    Who's Who?Christopher Belshaw - 2005 - In 10 Good Questions About Life and Death. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 92–108.
    This chapter contains section titled: The Mind View The Body View Taking Sides Do Numbers Count? Is It All or Nothing? A Solution? And a Problem? Who's Who?
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    Identity and disability.Christopher Belshaw - 2000 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 17 (3):263–276.
  17. Mortal beings: On the metaphysics and value of death – Jens Johansson.Christopher Belshaw - 2007 - Philosophical Quarterly 57 (228):506–508.
    This short and shapely book amply delivers its main promise, to discuss and offer views on a handful of central issues concerning the nature and importance of death. It does this with dry humour, unyielding attention to clarity and conciseness, and simple but highly effective structuring throughout.An introductory chapter sets out what you will and what you will not get. It aims to defend the more or less pervasive preoccupation with metaphysics, and outlines the chapters to follow. Ch. 2 contrasts (...)
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  18. More lives, better lives.Christopher Belshaw - 2003 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 6 (2):127-141.
    Although many people believe that more people would be better, arguments intended to show this are unconvincing. I consider one of Parfit's arguments for a related conclusion, that even when both are worth living, we ought to prefer the better of two lives. Were this argument successful, or so I claim, then it would follow that more people would be better. But there aren't reasons for preferring the better of two lives. Nor is an attempted rejoinder effective. We can agree (...)
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    Death, Posthumous Harm, and Bioethics. By James Stacey Taylor. (London: Routledge, 2012. Pp. 228. Price £80.00 hb. Also available as an eBook.).Christopher Belshaw - 2013 - Philosophical Quarterly 63 (252):621-624.
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    Appearance in this list neither guarantees nor precludes a future review of the book.Peter Baofu, Christopher Belshaw & U. K. Chesham - 2009 - Mind 118 (472):469.
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    Assisted Death: A Study in Ethics and Law.Christopher Belshaw - 2014 - Philosophical Quarterly 64 (254):157-158.
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  22. Abortion, value and the sanctity of life.Christopher Belshaw - 1997 - Bioethics 11 (2):130–150.
    In Life's Dominion Dworkin argues that the debate about abortion is habitually misconstrued. Substantial areas of agreement are overlooked, while areas of disagreement are, mistakenly, seen as central. If we uncover a truer picture, then hope of a certain accord may no longer seem vain. I dispute many of these claims. Dworkin argues that both sides in the debate are united in believing that life is sacred, or intrinsically valuable. I disagree. I maintain that only in a very attenuated sense (...)
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    David Archard and David Benatar (eds.), Procreation and Parenthood: The Ethics of Bearing and Rearing Children.Christopher Belshaw - 2013 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 10 (1):101-104.
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    Death, brains, and persons.Christopher Belshaw - unknown
    This book explores many of the issues that arise when we consider persons who are in pain, who are suffering, and who are nearing the end of life. Suffering provokes us into a journey toward discovering who we are and forces us to rethink many of the views we hold about ourselves.
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    Does Reality Matter?Christopher Belshaw - 2005 - In 10 Good Questions About Life and Death. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 145–160.
    This chapter contains section titled: God Art and Nature Betrayal Virtual Reality Where Are We Now? Does Reality Matter?
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    Death – Todd May.Christopher Belshaw - 2011 - Philosophical Quarterly 61 (242):220-222.
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    Gold.Christopher Belshaw - 1998 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 13 (3):415-426.
    Kripke’s opponents claim that gold, in all possible worlds, is a yellow metal. They believe that the atomic number can vary from world to world. Kripke inverts this, holding that while gold is, in all possible worlds, the element with atomic number 79, its surface properties may vary widely from world to world. Both views are flawed, but of the two, the rival is to be preferred. There is a better view. Gold is, in all possible worlds, the element with (...)
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    Hume and Demonstrative Knowledge.Christopher Belshaw - 1989 - Hume Studies 15 (1):141-162.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:141 HUME AND DEMONSTRATIVE KNOWLEDGE Little could be clearer than that Hume's sceptical arguments concerning induction and causation depend to some considerable extent on his contention that there can be no demonstrative arguments for matters of fact. An understanding of his use of the terms 'demonstration', 'demonstrative reasoning' etc., would seem to be a prerequisite for a satisfactory appraisal of those arguments. What is almost as clear, however, is (...)
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    Introduction.Christopher Belshaw & Gary Kemp - 2009 - In Christopher Belshaw & Gary Kemp (eds.), 12 Modern Philosophers. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 1–15.
    This chapter contains sections titled: The Past The Present Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Mind Ethics Philosophy and Culture.
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    In Defense of Environmental Philosophy.Christopher Belshaw - 2004 - Environmental Ethics 26 (3):335-336.
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    Is It All Meaningless?Christopher Belshaw - 2005 - In 10 Good Questions About Life and Death. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 109–128.
    This chapter contains section titled: Why Think Life is Meaningless? Are These Reasons Any Good? Lives and Meanings It's Up to You Getting It Right Getting It Wrong Some Complications Meaning and Absurdity Does Meaning Matter? Is It All Meaningless?
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    Is It Bad to Die?Christopher Belshaw - 2005 - In 10 Good Questions About Life and Death. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 30–43.
    This chapter contains section titled: Some Distinctions Against the Badness of Death Who Can Believe It? Some Puzzles Experience Parallels Death and Deprivation Is it Bad to Die?
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    Is Life Sacred?Christopher Belshaw - 2005 - In 10 Good Questions About Life and Death. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 15–29.
    This chapter contains section titled: Lives Attitudes Conditions Values Religion, Reason, and a Pair of Views A Reverence for Life A Ban on Killing Religion Revisited Is Life Sacred?
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  34. My Beginnings.Christopher Belshaw - 2006 - The Monist 89 (3):371-389.
    Could I have had different parents? In practice, no, but in principle, yes. And could I have been born at a different time? Again, in practice no, but in principle, yes. These are, perhaps, common sense verdicts on such questions. But they go against what may be seen as some prevailing philosophical orthodoxies. I defend versions of the common sense verdicts, and argue against the orthodoxies here.
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    My Beginnings.Christopher Belshaw - 2006 - The Monist 89 (3):371-389.
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    Might I Live On?Christopher Belshaw - 2005 - In 10 Good Questions About Life and Death. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 59–76.
    This chapter contains section titled: Feeble Versions Robust Versions The Body View Who's Who? The Soul View The Reincarnation View Is There an Afterlife? Might I Live On?
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    12 Modern Philosophers.Christopher Belshaw & Gary Kemp (eds.) - 2009 - Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
    Featuring essays from leading philosophical scholars, __12 Modern Philosophers__ explores the works, origins, and influences of twelve of the most important late 20th Century philosophers working in the analytic tradition. Draws on essays from well-known scholars, including Thomas Baldwin, Catherine Wilson, Adrian Moore and Lori Gruen Locates the authors and their oeuvre within the context of the discipline as a whole Considers how contemporary philosophy both draws from, and contributes to, the broader intellectual and cultural milieu.
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    Notes and Further Reading.Christopher Belshaw - 2005 - In 10 Good Questions About Life and Death. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 161–168.
    This chapter contains section titled: Where Can I Find Answers? Is Life Sacred? Is It Bad to Die? Which Deaths Are Worse? Might I Live On? Should I Take the Elixir of Life? Who's Who? Is It All Meaningless? Should There Be More, and Better, People? Does Reality Matter?
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    Privacy, confidentiality and harm.Christopher Belshaw - 2010 - Nursing Ethics 17 (1):133-134.
    Christopher Belshaw responds to Paul Wainwright’s Comment "'Undercover nurse' struck off the professional register for misconduct".
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    Persons, humanity, and the definition of death – John Lizza.Christopher Belshaw - 2008 - Philosophical Quarterly 58 (230):188–190.
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    Scepticism and madness.Christopher Belshaw - 1989 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 67 (4):447 – 451.
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    Select Bibliography.Christopher Belshaw - 2005 - In 10 Good Questions About Life and Death. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 169–172.
    The prelims comprise: Half Title Title Copyright Contents Preface.
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    Should I Take the Elixir of Life?Christopher Belshaw - 2005 - In 10 Good Questions About Life and Death. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 77–91.
    This chapter contains section titled: Variant Lives The Best Life An Immortal Life A Human Life Further Finessing A Get‐out Clause Should I Take the Elixir of Life?
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    Should There Be More, and Better, People?Christopher Belshaw - 2005 - In 10 Good Questions About Life and Death. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 129–144.
    This chapter contains section titled: More People Good Starts Different People Better People Links Better Lives? Should There Be More, and Better, People?
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    Teaching ethics in universities and teaching professional ethics.Christopher Belshaw - unknown
    My intentions here are fourfold. First, I aim to provide an overview of the ethics-related activities that are regularly taking place in our universities today, looking initially at teaching in particular, and then considering the broader picture. Second, I want to consider what professional ethics does and should involve, and to raise certain questions about the relation between its concerns and the sorts of teaching the university can legitimately provide. Third, the current emphasis in professional ethics with the virtues, a (...)
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  46. Twelve Modern Philosophers.Christopher Belshaw & Gary Kemp (eds.) - 2009 - Wiley--Blackwell.
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  47. The Teacher's Perspective.Christopher Belshaw - 2009 - In John Strain, Ronald Barnett & Peter Jarvis (eds.), Universities, Ethics, and Professions: Debate and Scrutiny. Routledge. pp. 113.
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    Victims.Christopher Belshaw - 2016 - In Michael Cholbi (ed.), Immortality and the Philosophy of Death. Rowman & Littlefield.
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    Which Deaths Are Worse?Christopher Belshaw - 2005 - In 10 Good Questions About Life and Death. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 44–58.
    This chapter contains section titled: The Integrated Life The Longer Life Peaks and Troughs Experience and Harm Which Deaths Are Worse?
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  50. Review of David Benatar, Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence[REVIEW]Christopher Belshaw - 2007 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (6).
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