Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Confrontations with the ReaperA Philosophical Study of the Nature and Value of Death$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Fred Feldman

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195089288

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195089288.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 17 January 2022

More Puzzles About the Evil of Death

More Puzzles About the Evil of Death

Chapter:
(p.143) 9 More Puzzles About the Evil of Death
Source:
Confrontations with the Reaper
Author(s):

Feldman Fred

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195089288.003.0010

This chapter discusses four philosophical puzzles that confront those who defend the deprivation approach, which was introduced in the previous chapter. Probably the most interesting of these puzzles is the one by Lucretius, which poses the question that if early death is bad for us because it deprives us of the goods we would have enjoyed if we had died later, than “late birth” must also be equally bad for us, since it deprives us of the goods we would have enjoyed if we had been born earlier. However, Lucretius noticed that people do not lament the fact that they had not been born earlier, and asks why.

Keywords:   philosophical puzzles, deprivation approach, Lucretius, late birth

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .