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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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Death, Value, and the Afterlife: Responses

Death, Value, and the Afterlife: Responses

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(p.176) (p.177) Death, Value, and the Afterlife: Responses
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Death and the Afterlife
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Samuel Scheffler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982509.003.0009

This chapter responds to the essays by Harry Frankfurt, Niko Kolodny, Seana Shiffrin, and Susan Wolf that are included in the book. It addresses a range of issues raised in those essays. Among the issues considered are: the plausibility of the afterlife conjecture; the question whether the truth of that conjecture would reveal limits to human egoism; the significance of our divergent reactions to the prospect of humanity’s imminent extinction and the prospect of its eventual extinction; the nature of our conservatism about value; the question whether our concern for the survival of humanity reveals the importance we attach to the things we now value or rather to the activity of valuing itself; the reasonableness of our fear of death; and the question whether death is necessary in order for us to lead value-laden lives.

Keywords:   Harry Frankfurt, Niko Kolodny, Seana Shiffrin, Susan Wolf, death, afterlife, egoism, fear of death, valuing, human extinction

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