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Published in: Society 6/2020

01-12-2020 | Culture and Society

Kobe Bryant, Memento Mori: Death, Religion, Philosophy, Basketball

Author: Alexander Riley

Published in: Society | Issue 6/2020

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Abstract

The memento mori is a profoundly important aspect of religious reflection on the fleeting nature of life and the need to prepare spiritually for the inevitability of death. This essay considers two recent examples--the deaths of a world-renowned athletic celebrity and an obscure academic philosopher--and explores the contrasting images of death and its meaning found in religious and secular philosophical understandings.
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Title
Kobe Bryant, Memento Mori: Death, Religion, Philosophy, Basketball
Author
Alexander Riley
Publication date
01-12-2020
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Society / Issue 6/2020
Print ISSN: 0147-2011
Electronic ISSN: 1936-4725
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12115-020-00542-y