Epicurus on Death

Grazer Philosophische Studien 37 (1):185-203 (1990)

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In this paper I try to state and defend Epicurus ' argument that death is nothing to us. I discuss some of the most prominent objections that have been raised against Epicurus ' position in the recent literature; the authors whose work I discuss include T. Nagel, B.Williams, H. S. Silverstein, and D. Furley. I argue that all of these author's criticisms are flawed in one way or another While this result does not suffice to prove Epicurus right, it does show that Epicurus ' insight is much deeper than many of his critics have suspected.

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Leopold Stubenberg
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