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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

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

Samuel Scheffler

Oxford University Press

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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