“Spectacular Death”—Proposing a New Fifth Phase to Philippe Ariès’s Admirable History of Death

  title={“Spectacular Death”—Proposing a New Fifth Phase to Philippe Ari{\`e}s’s Admirable History of Death},
  author={Michael Hviid Jacobsen},
  journal={Humanities research},
This article revisits, reviews and revises the much cited and magisterial description of successive historical death mentalities from the Middle Ages to modern society as proposed several decades ago by French historian Philippe Aries. The article first outlines Aries’s position starting out with the medieval “tamed death,” then moves on to point to several inherent limitations in his history-writing, before suggesting a revision and update of it. Whereas Aries ended his history-writing with… 
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