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Well-Being and Death

Ben Bradley


This book addresses philosophical questions about death and well‐being. It defends two main theses. The first is hedonism, or the view that pleasure is what has intrinsic value for us. The second is a difference‐making principle about value, according to which (i) the value of an event for a person is determined by the difference it makes to the intrinsic value of that person's life, and (ii) the value of an event for someone at a time is determined by the difference it makes to how well‐off the person is at that time. These views have the following implications: things that happen after someo ... More

Keywords: death, well‐being, intrinsic value, hedonism, difference‐making, Epicurus, time

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199557967
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557967.001.1


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Ben Bradley, author
Syracuse University, New York
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