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    I own the book. It is a cumbersome but worthwile read.
    Our “relationship with the dead is a consequence of the philosophical difficulties with death itself and the phenomenology of living with the dead and their relics.” This quote struck me as perceptive. The dead do not move..they do not care for their remains…yet we construct tombs in their memories.

    In this lecture, Thomas Laqueur explains that the moment we began caring for the dead, we transcended nature and created culture…this idea of the dead being responsible for much cultural activity is worth reflection.

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    The Commoner
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    I own the book. It is a cumbersome but worthwile read.
    Our “relationship with the dead is a consequence of the philosophical difficulties with death itself and the phenomenology of living with the dead and their relics.” This quote struck me as perceptive. The dead do not move..they do not care for their remains…yet we construct tombs in their memories.

    In this lecture, Thomas Laqueur explains that the moment we began caring for the dead, we transcended nature and created culture…this idea of the dead being responsible for much cultural activity is worth reflection.

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