Evolutionary Perspectives on Death [electronic resource] / edited by Todd K. Shackelford, Virgil Zeigler-Hill.

1st ed. 2019.
Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2019.
1 online resource (210 pages).


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The latest volume in this multidisciplinary series on key topics in evolutionary studies, Evolutionary Perspectives on Death provides an evolutionary analysis of mortality and the consideration of death. Bringing together noted experts from a variety of fields, the books emanate from conferences held at Oakland University, and are dedicated to providing wide ranging and occasionally provocative views of human evolution. The volume on death covers topics from biology, anthropology, psychology, sociology and philosophy, with contributors addressing how evolution informs the process of comprehending, grieving, depicting, celebrating, and accepting death. Among the topics covered: Evolutionary perspectives on the loss of a twin Nonhuman primate responses to death Death in literature Witnessing and representing the death of pets The role of human decomposition facilities in shaping American perspectives on death This insightful volume showcases groundbreaking empirical and theoretical research addressing death and mortality from an evolutionary perspective, demonstrating the intellectual value of an interdisciplinary approach to understanding psychological processes and behavior. Chapter 6 of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: The Role of Death in Life: Exploring the Interface between Terror Management Theory and Evolutionary Psychology
  • Chapter 2: Evolutionary Perspectives on the Loss of a Twin
  • Chapter 3: Beyond the Search for Suigiston: How Evolution Offers Oxygen for Suicidology
  • Chapter 4: Animacy and Mortality Salience: New Directions for the Adaptive Memory Literature
  • Chapter 5: Nonhuman Primate Responses to Death
  • Chapter 6: Did Human Reality Denial Breach the Evolutionary Psychological Barrier of Mortality Salience? A Theory That Can Explain Many Unusual Features of Human Origins
  • Chapter 7: Death in Literature
  • Chapter 8: Last Moments: Witnessing and Representing the Death of Pets
  • Chapter 9: The Evolution of American Perspectives Concerning Treatment of the Dead and the Role of Human Decomposition Facilities.
  • 10.1007/978-3-030-25466-7
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