#38 - Thanatology (Life with Death Left In)

Episode 38 December 09, 2022 01:54:25
#38 - Thanatology (Life with Death Left In)
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#38 - Thanatology (Life with Death Left In)

Dec 09 2022 | 01:54:25

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Loga Fixico Annie Sorrell

Show Notes

Although a difficult topic to talk about, we both realized that thanatology was important enough to do an entire episode on. This field of study is associated with a wide variety of disciplines that include everything from sociology and anthropology to medical professions like working as a mortician or a medical examiner for a police department. In this episode, we go over the history of thanatology, some of the dominant philosophies, and our own opinions on this important but seldomly discussed field of study.

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