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Death and Nonexistence

Palle Yourgrau


The dead are gone. They count for nothing. Yet if we count the dead, their number is staggering. And they account for most of what’s great about civilization. Compared to the greatness of the dead, the accomplishments of the living are paltry. Which is it then: are the dead still there to be counted or not? And if they’re still there, where, exactly, is “there”? We’re confronted with the ancient paradox of nonexistence bequeathed us by Parmenides. The mystery of death is the mystery of nonexistence. A successful attempt to provide a metaphysics of death, then, must at the same time resolve the ... More

Keywords: death, birth, nonexistence, existence, essence, nonexistent object, possible object, being, Parmenides

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190247478
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190247478.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Palle Yourgrau, author
Brandeis University