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Death and the Afterlife$
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Samuel Scheffler and Niko Kolodny

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199982509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982509.001.0001

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How the Afterlife Matters

How the Afterlife Matters

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(p.131) How the Afterlife Matters
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Death and the Afterlife
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Harry G. Frankfurt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982509.003.0006

This comment questions Scheffler’s account of how and why the collective afterlife matters to us. Many things that matter to us, in particular those things whose mattering to us depends on their intrinsic features, might well continue to matter to us even if we believed there was no collective afterlife. And to the extent that the afterlife does matter to us, it is not because it matters to us that humanity has a future, but instead because it matters to us that others are aware of us, whether in the future or present.

Keywords:   afterlife, mortality, human extinction, value, death, confidence, egoism, individualism

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