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Confrontations with the ReaperA Philosophical Study of the Nature and Value of Death$
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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

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More Puzzles About the Evil of Death

More Puzzles About the Evil of Death

(p.143) 9 More Puzzles About the Evil of Death
Confrontations with the Reaper

Feldman Fred

Oxford University Press

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

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