Mortality, Immortality and Other Life Strategies by Zygmunt Bauman Summary
Zygmunt Bauman's new book is a brilliant exploration, from a sociological point of view, of the 'taboo' subject in modern societies: death and dying. The book develops a new theory of the ways in which human mortality is reacted to, and dealt with, in social institutions and culture. The hypothesis explored in the book is that the necessity of human beings to live with the constant awareness of death accounts for crucial aspects of the social organization of all known societies. Two different 'life strategies' are distinguished in respect of reactions to mortality. One, 'the modern strategy', deconstructs mortality by translating the insoluble issue of death into many specific problems of health and disease which are 'soluble in principle'. The 'post-modern strategy' is one of deconstructing immortality: life is transformed into a constant rehearsal of 'reversible death', a substitution of 'temporary disappearance' for the irrevocable termination of life. This profound and provocative book will appeal to a wide audience. It will also be of particular interest to students and professionals in the areas of sociology, anthropology, theology and philosophy.
Death and Immortality by R.W. Perrett Summary
The research for this work was undertaken during my tenure of a Senior Tutor ship in the Faculty of Arts and Music at the University of Otago (1983-85). Versions of some of the chapters herein have already been accepted for publication in the form of journal articles in Philosophy, Philosophy East and West, Sophia, and Religious Studies. My thanks to the editors and publishers concerned for permission to reuse this material. A number of people have assisted me in various ways. My greatest debt is to Graham Oddie, who supervised my doctoral research in this area and with whom I have had the benefit of innumerable discussions on these and other philosophical matters. I am very grateful for all I have learned from him. I would also like to thank: Bob Durrant for commenting helpfully on Chapter 2; the late Jim Harvie, both for his valuable suggestions (particularly regarding the material of Chapter 4) and for his encouraging enthusiasm for the whole project; George Hughes for his extensive comments on the whole work; and (for various points of detail) Alan Musgrave, Charles Pigden and Bryan Wilson. Despite much good advice, however, I have some times preferred to go my own way, recalling Blake's proverb: "If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise. " With regard to the typing of the manuscript I am indebted to the word-processor wizardry of Jane Tannahill and Christine Colbert.
Immortality by Maggie Shayne Summary
Puabi is the darkest of the Dark High Witches, those who extend their lives, their vitality, their youth, by stolen power. She has taken many lives to preserve her own. But to live this way demands a price. A rending of the soul. All that’s good moves on. She has loved only once, a man who betrayed, humiliated, and abandoned her. A man who didn’t care that she’d given birth to his dead son, while he was crossing deserts in search of his lover. Puabi vowed as she buried her child that she would not die until she’d had her vengenace, no matter what it took. But her chance for vengeance has come and gone. Such a disappointment. Her love had left her to burn in a blazing fire. And she did burn, until she threw herself into the sea. But she didn’t die. She rode the currents, drowning, reviving, over and over until she found herself being pulled aboard a boat by the arms of a mortal man. She’s angry at being saved. She’d been ready to die. Sooner or later, her power would expire. Without another immortal’s heart, she would die. It was time. Past time. But it is no accident the ocean’s currents carried her to this particular island, to this particular man. Fate has brought her this way. A part of Puabi is missing, the part that can make her whole again. Though he doesn’t yet realize it, Matthew is the only one who knows where to find it. And in the process, he, too, will find what he thought he’d lost forever, and mend his broken heart with the power of love.
Henry More. The Immortality of the Soul by A. Jacob Summary
The significance of Henry More's vitalist philosophy in the history of ideas has been realized relatively recently, as the bibliography will reveal. The general neglect of the Cambridge Platonist movement may be attributed to the common prejudice that its chief exponents, especially More, were obscure mystics who were neither coherent in their philosophical system nor attractive in their prose style. I hope that this modern edition of More's principal treatise will help to correct this unjust im pression and reveal the keenness and originality of More's intellect, which sought to demonstrate the relevance of classical philosophy in an age of empirical science. The wealth of learning -- ranging as it does from Greek antiquity to 17th century science and philosophy -- that informs More' s intellectual system of the universe should, in itself, be a recom mendation to students of the history of ideas. Though, for those in search of literary satisfaction, too, there is not wanting, in More's style, the humour, and grace, of a man whose erudition did not divorce him from a sympathetic understanding of human contradictions. As for More's elaborate speculations concerning the spirit world in the final book of this treatise, I think that we would indeed be justified in regarding their combination of classical mythology amd scientific naturalism as the literary and philosophical counterpart of the great celestial frescoes of the Baroque masters.
Persons and Immortality by Kenneth A. Bryson Summary
This book casts the argument for personal immortality into new light as the outcome of systems processes rather than human nature. Personal immortality is the output of becoming human rather than of being human. If this is the case, then God must be seen to enter into personal relationships with us: a view that current science supports.
Love, Poetry, and Immortality by William Gerber Summary
This book explores and illustrates the individuating characteristics - and the interrelationships - of love, poetry, and literary immortality (such immortality, that is, as writers may win, in the sense of being long remembered and appreciated by future readers). From the book's numerous quotations of glittering literary passages, it is evident that love is often expressed in poetry, and that many authors (especially those writing about love) have expressed the winsome hope that their works would be greatly cherished by later generations. Part One of the book illustrates by passages of matchless poetry the joys and perils of love and other outstanding features of love. Part Two outlines the history of expressions by writers in many cultures of their confidence or hope that their works will make them immortal.
Mortality Immortality? by Getty Center (Los Angeles, Calif.),Getty Conservation Institute Summary
Professionals from a range of disciplines discuss issues of the artist's original intent, the effect of the art market, ways to cope with rapidly evolving media technologies, and fine art as popular culture.
Science of Love with Key to Immortality by Ida Mingle Summary
1926 Contents: Love's Unfoldment & Fulfillment; Evolution Involution Christ; Holy Family & Racial Progression; Creative Trees; Mystery of Sex in Racial Progression; Sex Consciousness the Cross; Four Characteristics of the Cross of Sex; Generative.
Immortality by Rav Berg,Rav P. S. Berg Summary
In this revolutionary, thought-provoking book, Kabbalist Rav Berg dares to take on a subject long considered taboo by medical and scientific establishments -- immortality. And that the ultimate getting of Kabbalah is really getting eternal life. Some of the greatest Kabbalists never died. Drawing upon the personal story of his own journey towards spiritual enlightenment, Rav Berg shares compelling kabbalistic insights into the origins of death, and the spiritual tools necessary for its final disappearance from the world. This is the remarkable story about how one of the greatest Kabbalists of this century got Kabbalah. This deeply felt memoir illuminates Rav Berg's relationship with his master, the great Kabbalist Rabbi Yehuda Brandwein, as well as the growth of The Kabbalah Centre, the world's largest organisation dedicated to spreading the wisdom of Kabbalah.
A Resurrection to Immortality by William Robert West Summary
Life is the most important possession we have. Without it, there is nothing. Only by the resurrection at the second coming of Christ will anyone have life after death. After the resurrection, the fate of those who are in Christ:  Eternal life [Romans 6:23] "Shall inherit eternal life" [Matthew 19:29]  After the judgment they "shall go away into eternal life" [Matthew 25:46]  Will "have eternal life" [John 3:5]  Christ will raise them up on the last day [John 6:40]  Will be immortal after the resurrection [1 Corinthians 15:5156]  Will have incorruption [1 Corinthians 15:42]  Will have glory [1 Corinthians 15:43]  Will be like Christ "We shall be like him; for we shall see him even as he is" [1 John 3:2]  Are "heirs according to the hope of eternal life" [Titus 3:7]  Will have a spiritual body [1 Corinthians 15:44]  "And as we have borne the image of the earthly (The earthly flesh and blood body of Adam was made to live on this earth but it "cannot inherit the kingdom of God" 1 Corinthians 15:50), we shall also bear the image of the heavenly" (Shall be like the spiritual body of Christ for life in Heaven) [1 Corinthians 15:4756]  "Will never perish" [John 10:28]  Forever with the Lord [1 Thessalonians 4:17]  Many mansions in my father's house: "In my Father's house (Who is in Heaven, Matthew 5:16; 5:45; 5:48; 6:1; 6:9; 7:21; 10:3233) are many mansions...I go to prepare a place for you."
Immortality by Draja Mickaharic Summary
A retelling of several stories I have heard about supposed immortals over the last sixty years working as a consultant in the field of the occult arts. I have added my comments on these methods, and other methods that I have heard of for extending human life. There is also some information concerning medical research in the area of life extension.
Immortality by Graeme Burford Summary
The rock band Forever, just a bunch of kids really. They’re good, good enough to make it, just so long as the fame-fanatical, frontman James can hold his emotions together. Obsessed with the immortality achieved by Monroe, Cobain or Hendrix, he is determined to achieve the same notoriety.