The Journal of Ethics 18 (1):1-9 (2014)

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John Fischer
University of California, Riverside
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We have argued that it is rational to have asymmetric attitudes toward prenatal and posthumous non-existence insofar as this asymmetry is a special case of a more general (and arguably rational) asymmetry in our attitudes toward past and future pleasures. Here we respond to an interesting critique of our view by Jens Johansson. We contend that his critique involves a crucial and illicit switch in temporal perspectives in the process of considering modal claims (sending us to other possible worlds)
Keywords Asymmetry in attitudes  Deprivation thesis  Harm  Jens Johansson  Lucretius  Prenatal and posthumous non-existence
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DOI 10.1007/s10892-013-9155-9
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