Could anyone point me to some authors who have discussed the ideas surrounding death in western Philosophy?
(Not whether we know we exist but rather the concept of mortality and immortality).
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A good place to start would be Plato's Phaedo. It is arguably the first non-religious, purely philosophical treatment of death/mortality/immortality in Western philosophy. Plato tries to convince his students that they should not fear for his soul for it will live beyond his body. A very moving text too.
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