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What are the different models various schools of philosophy have proposed about what actually happens at the moment of death? Do any of them avoid the necessity to theorize a soul, or to consider the perspectives of anyone other than the person dying?

closed as too broad by virmaior Jul 17 '16 at 12:37

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  • unfortunately this as worded is too open-ended to be answerable within an SE. (1) we're not here just to trade opinions, we're here to answer questions about philosophy understood in broad terms around the academic discipline. (2) "death" has meant many things to different philosophers, so it is not a term with a single philosophical interpretation. Given parameter 1 and fact 2, the question as it stands needs to be closed both as "too broad" and "opinion-based." – virmaior Jul 17 '16 at 12:40
  • It might be possible to ask a question related to your favorite philosopher or school of philosophy on this front. – virmaior Jul 17 '16 at 12:40
  • What do you mean by "give meaning"? It's not as clear as it might seem. Do you mean that in the sense of giving purpose, or something to do with value (e.g. why is it good/bad), or something else? – Eliran Jul 17 '16 at 13:30
  • @JesseCohoon You mean something like, how should one live giving the inevitability of death? – Eliran Jul 17 '16 at 14:09
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    So basic epistemological questions about death already mentioned here range from "Can the soul have an experiential perspective outside of its participation with matter?" - to - "Is the experience of ceasing to exist really any different from the experience of conscious thought stopping in sleep, meditation or 'flow'?" - to - "If the mind is an emergent aspect of the brain can one experience death, or is it an event only for outside observers?" Each of these comes with its own context that would need explaining. Can you peel off a question that somehow captures your reason for asking? – jobermark Jul 18 '16 at 1:45

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