The Evil of Death: A Reply to Yi

Philosophia 42 (3):741-748 (2014)
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In previous work we have presented a reply to the Lucretian Symmetry, which has it that it is rational to have symmetric attitudes toward prenatal and posthumous nonexistence. Our reply relies on Parfit-style thought-experiments. Here we reply to a critique of our approach by Huiyuhl Yi, which appears in this journal: Brueckner and Fischer on the evil of death. We argue that this critique fails to attend to the specific nature of the thought-experiments (and our associated argument). More specifically, the thought-experiments seek to elicit attitudes about (say) past pleasures per se, and not insofar as such pleasures are connected to more pleasures in the future or a greater total amount of pleasures in one’s life overall



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John Fischer
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Reasons and Persons.Derek Parfit - 1984 - Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
Death.Thomas Nagel - 1970 - Noûs 4 (1):73-80.
Why is death bad?Anthony L. Brueckner & John Martin Fischer - 1986 - Philosophical Studies 50 (2):213-221.
Brueckner and Fischer on the evil of death.Fred Feldman - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 162 (2):309-317.

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