Immortality The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization Stephen Cave
A fascinating work of popular philosophy and history that both enlightens and entertains, Stephen Cave’s Immortality investigates whether it just might be possible to live forever and whether we should want to. But it also makes a powerful argument, which is that it’s our very preoccupation with defying mortality that drives civilization.

In drawing back the curtain on what compels humans to “keep on keeping on,” Cave engages the reader in a number of mind-bending thought experiments. He teases out the implications of each immortality gambit, asking, for example, how long a person would live if they did manage to acquire a perfectly disease-free body. Or what would happen if a super-being tried to round up the atomic constituents of all who’ve died in order to resurrect them. Or what our loved ones would really be doing in heaven if it does exist. Or what part of us actually lives in a work of art, and how long that work of art can survive.

Toward the book’s end, we’re confronted with a series of brain-rattling questions: What would happen if tomorrow humanity discovered that there is no life but this one? Would people continue to care about their favorite sports team, please their boss, vie for the title of Year’s Best Salesman? Would three-hundred-year projects still get started?

Immortality is a deeply satisfying book, as optimistic about the human condition as it is insightful about the true arc of history.
SubtitleThe Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization
AuthorStephen Cave
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSkyhorse Publishing
Published2 May 2017
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.

About the author

Stephen Cave holds a PhD in philosophy from Cambridge University and, before turning to full-time writing, worked as a diplomat. He writes regularly for the Financial Times and also contributes to the New York Times. Stephen lives in Berlin, Germany.

"This book by Stephen Cave offers a helpful framework for understanding the various different kinds of immortality. Cave employs this framework to analyze these types of immortality and to argue that the quest for immortality is misguided. Cave's insights throughout the book are deep, and his argumentation is compelling and well-informed by all of the relevant literature. It is also a beautifully written and highly accessible book. I recommend it highly." –John Martin Fischer leader of the Templeton Foundation's Immortality Project, and author of Near-Death Experiences

“Cave has produced a strikingly original and compelling exploration of the age-old conundrum: Can we live forever, and do we really want to?” —John Horgan, author of The End of Science
ISBNs: 9781510716155 978-1-5107-1615-5 Title: immortality category:HIS 
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