Category: Philosophy & relations

Good luck comes and goes.

On people’s world view in the 1600s. If you visit Läckö castle, you will see a mural from around 1670 depicting Fortuna, the goddess of luck, balancing on one leg on a sphere floating in the sea. In her hands, she holds a sail which is catching the wind. Above,...

Colonial structures call for responsiveness from the West

Opinion  In 2009 a proposal for stricter legislation against homosexuality was made Uganda, which among other things involved the death penalty. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni justified his acceptance of the law amendment by stating that he was taking a stand against Western social imperialism. The problem is that he had a point. When conducting our Master’s degree projects in Kenya...

The new death

Are we witnessing a new form of death taking shape in our society? A death that puts the individual at the centre and imposes new demands on three professional groups who encounter death: doctors, undertakers and priests. Professor of Ethnology Lynn Åkesson has been dealing with this question for many...

Life after death – on the distribution of inheritance

You can’t take anything with you when you die. Perhaps you should think about how your property will be distributed after your death and what this means for your surviving next of kin. Are the statutory rules on inheritance sufficient or should you write a will? This depends on your...

The right to my own death

Opinion: Göran Hermerén, Professor emeritus in Medical ethics, Lund university The heading “The right to my own death” immediately raises three questions: is there such a right? What is it based on? Could it come into conflict with other people’s interests or rights? The central ethical research questions in this...

For you are dust, and to dust you shall return

In death, animals and man meet There is only one way to be born, but a thousand ways to die. Archaeologists’ studies of death and burial rites reveal much about how our views on the value of humans and animals have varied between different periods and in different cultures. A...

Death saves lives

An organ donor can save the lives of up to eight other people. In spite of this, the current number of organ donations is not sufficient to meet existing needs. One problem is that not all possible organ donations are carried out. And one of the reasons for this is...

The drought, the rain and the sea – God’s instruments

Water has always been the difference between life and death. In the Old Testament, drought is commonly attributed to poor relations with God. Ola Wikander takes us back and tells us about the perception of water in ancient times. In the Old Testament, drought is a sign that something is...

Not to fail those in life’s final stages

End-of-life care – palliative care – means improving the quality of life for patients and their next of kin by preventing and relieving suffering in the final stages of life. Around 90 000 people die in Sweden every year. According to the National Council for Palliative Care, Sweden has a...