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Epicurus on the Rationality of Fearing Death

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Examine the Epicurean arguments against the rationality of fearing death. Do the arguments succeed? If you think they don’t, show why they go wrong. If you think that they do, how might Epicureans respond to potential objections?

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Philosophy Metaphysics Epicureanism Dichotomies Value Happiness Social philosophy Fear Nicomachean Ethics De rerum natura Aristotle Ethics Thomas Nagel
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Philosophy Metaphysics Epicureanism Dichotomies Value Happiness Social philosophy Fear Nicomachean Ethics De rerum natura Aristotle Ethics Thomas Nagel
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Do the arguments succeed If you think they don’t, show why they go wrong. If you think that they do, how might Epicureans respond to potential objections • ✶ For reading recommendations, see Unit Reader, Focus 6.2. The fear of death and everything that goes with it is most certainly irrational. Epicurus (LS 24A) stated that ‘all good and evil lie in sensation, whereas death is the absence of sensation’, that is to say in other words, that what an individual cannot experience is nothing to fear. The fear of death stems from what an individual defines as death to her/himself, what happens when death arrives is unknown to all of us in metaphysical terms. If we consider the existence of a non- physical soul or mind the question at hand may never be answered till our time of death, but if we accept the materialist doctrine that we are purely phy...
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