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IrrevocableA Philosophy of Mortality$
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Alphonso Lingis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226556765

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.001.0001

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(p.171) Dignity

Alphonso Lingis

University of Chicago Press

It is especially during the ordeal of dying that we speak of dignity and honor it. Because she knows her time to die has come, because she knows she is dying and awaits what cannot be foreseen or confronted—because she somehow finds, in patience, the strength for this lucidity—she makes no unrealistic demands on the medical staff and does not search for blame in others or in her own past. And it is just that that strikes us as her dignity. But that was not an objective; it is a side effect. We are unable to witness such a dying without envy, without longing to be able to die that way, when our time comes. It motivates us to wish to live with dignity.

Keywords:   dignity, dying, pain, side effect

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