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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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That I Should Die and Others Live

That I Should Die and Others Live

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(p.159) That I Should Die and Others Live
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Death and the Afterlife
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Niko Kolodny
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982509.003.0008

This comment explores some striking implications of Scheffler’s apparent claim that we have reason to fear death, independently of its “depriving” us of the goods of future life, because it “extinguishes” us: brings it about that we no longer exist. It then probes Scheffler’s arguments that if we never died, we would not live a value-laden life, or any life at all. Finally, it suggests that the survival of humanity may matter to us more than our own personal survival not only emotionally, as Scheffler claims, but also motivationally.

Keywords:   afterlife, deprivation, immortality, value, death, life, confidence, fear of death, egoism, Lucretius

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