Philosophia 42 (3):741-748 (2014)

John Fischer
University of California, Riverside
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
Keywords Yi  Death  Parfit  Prenatal nonexistence  Posthumous nonexistence  Lucretian symmetry  Commonsense asymmetry  Deprivation account of death’s badness
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-014-9543-9
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