The Meaning of Death

The Meaning of Death
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Student Number:500719396
Author: Janica Maya
Instructor: Dr. Meredith Schwartz
Class: PHL 406 section 011
Date: March 31, 2016

Death is the meaning of the end of life, we can simply conclude it from there but it has become more of an obscure topic that goes beyond its meaning. We shall ask questions that will help give us a better understanding of it, as to whether death is bad By so, raising the question I have ceased to believe that death is bad. In this paper, I will argue that Epicurus and Lucretius's argument is not effective in their claim of determining that death is not bad. I will be using the reasons by Nagel on this issue from his ...

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that death is not considered bad for anybody because it is total annihilation, it is the end of you, by so it is nothingness. In Epicurus work, "Letter to Menoeceus" considers that we should adopt ourselves to the world we live in where we believe that death is nothing to us in order to make life more enjoyable that will remove the desire for immortality (Epicurus. Par 2). He proposed that we should enjoy the time we have now instead of longing for more, though this can reflect the purpose of a future. By contrast, he says, "the future is neither wholly ours nor wholly not ours" (Epicurus. Par 3), we should not rely on the desire of our future if it is not definite to come. According to Lucretius in his work, "fear of death"; similar with Epicurus, that death is nothing to us and does not affect us, as to compared with our state of the mind that does concern and affect us (Lucretius. Par 15). If so a man deals with grief and pain that he must exist in order for grief and pain to ...

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conclude that for something to exist, we can experience but we cannot experience if we do not exist, which is the state of death.

We can make the structure of their argument as follow: (Schwartz. Slide 30)
(P1) If death were bad there would have to be some experience of pain
(P2) If there were an experience of pain, then there would have to be some subject of the experience
(P3) IC: If death were bad, then there would have to be some subject of pain (1-2)
(P4) there is no subject to experience death
Therefore, death is not bad (3-4)


I will present my criteria on their argument of death should not be considered bad for the person. I disagree with most of the ...

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Added: 12/3/2018 10:05:27 PM
Submitted By: janicamaya
Category: Philosophy
Type: Premium Paper
Words: 1943
Pages: 8

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