|2001||Boros Ladislaus. The Mystery of Death. New York: Herder and Herder, 1965.|
|2002||Choron Jacques. Modern Man and Mortality. New York: Macmillan Pub. Co., 1964.|
A philosopher examines the modern dilemma of how to cope with an awareness of mortality. After surveying philosophies of death and various evaluations of the "death instinct," the author notes that psychotherapy has sought to help these persons gain a positive attitude toward death through philosophic and psychotherapeutic reconstruction of a person's view of life in which dying becomes a renewal of creative impulses. The author believes that these answers are incomplete because many psychotherapists did not have a philosophy of death and any philosophy of death should be more than a reconciliation with the inevitable. Various attitudes of death are surveyed and evaluated. Although the author has no final answers to questions about mortality, he seems to admire Hume's serene and philosophical skepticism. The work is a penetrating and scholarly study of mortality, with special reference to individual attitudes. Bibliography of 400 titles. For a general survey of philosophy and death, see Choron (1041). For Hume's view of suicide, see Hume (3551).