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The Sense of Life, Or the Sense of Death?

(Original title: Zmysel života, či zmysel smrti?)
Filozofia, 2000, vol. 55, No 6, pp. 484-493.
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The paper examines the dialectics of the sense of life and death. In the analysis three mutually dependent points of view are applied: existential (the consciouisness of mortality and the sense of life), moral (the consciousness of mortality and the moral value of human action) and psychological (the development of personality) ones. The author focuses on the individual confronting the impending unescapa- bili_ty of death in an existential condition of a fatal desease. On this practical level it is concerned with the knowing and understanding the proces of dying and its inner dimension (the experience of impending death) as well as its external determination (the relationships of the professionals and relatives to the dying person).

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