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Western Attitudes toward Death: From the Middle Ages to the Present

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  279 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
AriA]s traces Western man's attitudes toward mortality from the early medieval conception of death as the familiar collective destiny of the human race to the modern tendency, so pronounced in industrial societies, to hide death as if it were an embarrassing family secret. -- Newsweek
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 1st 1975 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published April 1st 1974)
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Mana H
کتابی که باید در ایران خواند و یاد گرفت چطور از تاریخ آنال و جامعهشناسی فرهنگ و فرهنگ روزمره و تاریخ اندیشهها میشود نترسید و به جای درآوردن سه جلد تاریخ مفاهیم، به مستندنگاری تاریخ مفاهیم در این سرزمین همت کرد. مرگ را اینطور کاویدن در یک فرهنگ کاری ضروریست. اما:
ترجمه خوب نیست، مترجم پیاده است و در کار ترجمه اشراف ندارد. متن را بیشتر جاها ضایع کرده و از دادن پانویسهای ضرور و نگاشتن مقدمهای درخور محروم. از آنجا پیداست که خواسته حجم کتاب را با زندگینامه بیربط آریس حجیم کند که به هیچ دردی نمیخورد.
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Megan Mcdowell
Mar 29, 2008 Megan Mcdowell rated it really liked it
A classic. This book is easy to read and entertaining, especially considering its subject. Aries deals with changing attitudes toward death and mortality beginning in early medieval times through the present. His observations about the loss of ritual surrounding death, and our current "medicalization" of death in a way that neatly removes pain and suffering from everyday life, changed the way I think about life and death. It made me more willing to think about death in my daily life, rather than ...more
Peter Landis
Sep 08, 2010 Peter Landis rated it it was ok
This book is a collection of lectures concerning death and the place it has held in Western society throughout history. Because of the lecture format, the material is accessible and easy to follow. However, this also means that things are said in passing, and not much depth is given.

I was mostly fascinated, however, by the transition people have gone through in history, with how they approach their own deaths. People did not always fear death. How is it that with all the advances society has mad
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Andrea
May 07, 2008 Andrea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in death!
A wonderful book! I took pages and pages of notes.
Amir Mojiry
کتاب، موضوع بسیار جذابی دارد: بررسی مقوله ی «مرگ» در طول تاریخ. و آن چنان که مترجم هم توضیح می دهد، این بررسی مربوط نیست به مثلن دیدگاه «نخبگان» جوامع یا «پادشاهان و دستگاه حکومت». بلکه مربوط است به نگاه عموم مردم. گویا این رویکرد را «تاریخ ذهنیت ها» می نامند.

خلاصه ای از آن چه در کتاب آمده است
در فصل اول کتاب، نگاه مردم در زمان قرون وسطا به مرگ بررسی می شود. نام فصل «مرگ رام شده» است و در توضیح آن، نویسنده گفته است که در آن زمان، مردم به نوعی به مرگ «پیش آگاهی» داشتند. یعنی می دانستند (از طریق با
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Patrice
Apr 03, 2013 Patrice rated it really liked it
This book give an overview of Attitudes toward death from the Middle ages on, just as it's title says.
Aries seems to get his conclusions from viewing art and reading literature. Most of his opinions seem to be valid but some are questionable. This is an opinion piece.

I am not finishing the last chapter. It is about death today. How we deny it. How it is a forbidden subject. Originally it was forbidden to protect the dying. Today it is forbidden to protect the rest of us. We expect life to be "ha
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Aubrie
Jun 27, 2012 Aubrie rated it really liked it
Aries does a remarkable job of tracing the shift of death perception and its role in society from the Middle Ages. His findings are fascinating, and i know for certain i will be looking up many of his research texts myself to go deeper!

It seems most of the negative commentary on this text is due to a dismissal of its lecture-to-essay format. I have to admit, I loved this format! I found the consistent summarizing a brilliant way to process such a subtlety of change in a huge body of thought--lo
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Aban
Nov 08, 2014 Aban rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
کتاب با آنکه از چهار فصل تشکیل شده است، می توان آن را به دو بخش تقسیم کرد. بخش نخست که شامل فصل اول کتاب است. دراین بخش نویسنده به تشریح نگرش سنتی درباره مرگ می پردازد. نویسنده اصلی ترین مشخصه این نگرش را پیش آگاهی به مرگ و داشتن انس و الفت با آن می داند. سه فصل بعدی کتاب یا همان بخش دوم کتاب به ردیابی تغییراتی می پردازد که مرگ را در زمانه ما اینچنین زشت و کریه و ترس آور ساخته است. در واقع آریس سعی می کند با دستاویز قرار دان ترس انسان معاصر از مرگ، جامعه معاصر را نقد کند. همان طور که در پیوست کت ...more
Larissa Shmailo
Aug 02, 2008 Larissa Shmailo rated it it was amazing
Using history and literature, Aries describes the evolution of death and dying from an accepted and inevitable human passage to today's denial and shunning of the dying. Insightfully and intelligently written.
Iva
Extremely illuminating work. I would recommend it to anyone interested in either anthropology or psychology.
Marce
Mar 18, 2015 Marce rated it really liked it
It is a really good book. I promise I'll write a review soon, but it's important to note that it also has very good references regarding the subject.
Makomai
ne esistono due versioni: una "divulgativa" (questa della BUR) ed una "scientifica"(se non erro della mondadori). Non essendo un antropologo mi è piaciuta di piú quella divulgativa e condensata(forse anche perché letta prima). Comunque, è un affascinante trattato antropologico su come la morte viene vissuta (perdonate l'ossimoro) a seconda dei contesti storici. Semplicemente illuminante!
Nicole
Aug 17, 2007 Nicole rated it liked it
This was actually a series of lectures the dude gave in France or something like that. This makes for strange format, but a pretty simple and interesting hypothesis about the evolution of our (the West's) ideas about death. I liked it fine. Super short, can read in one sitting for sure.
Greg Tilden
Feb 09, 2014 Greg Tilden rated it really liked it
Read this for Death & Immortality with Menning, though Western religions are usually not my main interest, the conciseness of this book coupled with Aries' interpretation of death rituals was very informative and had me thinking about Western Europe in the 16-1800s.
Kashmoney
Mar 27, 2014 Kashmoney marked it as to-read
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Shacoria
Mar 29, 2012 Shacoria rated it did not like it
Simply put, this book sucked. I found it pretty boring. To me, it's just a ton of useless information. The only reason that I even finished reading it was because it was an assignment.
Rt
Apr 30, 2010 Rt rated it it was ok
Had to read in a humanities class called Death. Took this class to get into the nursing program. I never would have picked it up, but glad I read it.
James
Jun 25, 2012 James rated it it was amazing
Exceptionally revealing, this work explains so much of today's angst about death, brilliantly!
Abbie
Feb 20, 2008 Abbie rated it it was amazing
An excellent history of western perceptions of death.
Gloria
Jan 09, 2009 Gloria rated it really liked it
I read this in Vegas, baby
Ana
Feb 02, 2016 Ana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
não é fixe.
Erin
Jul 29, 2008 Erin rated it it was amazing
Useful, but his thoughts on American death rites are often formed through Mark Twain stories.
Dark
Jan 03, 2011 Dark rated it really liked it
Better read than his other book "The hour of our death".
Makes a good argument about how the notion of death has evolved through the ages.
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