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By Christopher Belshaw

10 strong questions about existence and Death makes us reassess approximately one of the most very important concerns we ever need to face.

  • Addresses the basic questions that many folks ask approximately existence and death.
  • Written in an interesting and simple variety, excellent for people with no formal history in philosophy.
  • Focuses on typically meditated matters, akin to: Is lifestyles sacred? Is it undesirable to die? Is there lifestyles after demise? Does existence have which means? And which existence is best?
  • Encourages readers to consider and reply to the human condition.
  • Features case reports, thought-experiments, and references to literature, movie, song, faith and myth.

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We can think this about wounded animals, when we put them out of their misery. And even if there are reservations about euthanasia, it’s hard not to think that present pain and future prospects together might be such that for someone’s life to end is better, and better for them, than for it to continue. But on the Epicurean view, thoughts like these must be muddled. You think you should shoot the fox that’s being torn apart by hounds? The Epicurean comes along and tells you not to waste the bullet.

But then if there is reason to bring her round, and the sooner the better, then there is reason, if you can help it, not to allow her to go in a coma in the first place. And if that’s right, then there are, equally, reasons to avoid death. Here’s another one. If the Epicureans are right, and there can be nothing bad in death, then there can be nothing good in it either. If it’s irrational always to fear or to shun death, then it’s irrational also to embrace, or welcome it. But it’s hard to believe this.

But last year he lost almost all his money when his business went bust, and his two older children when he hit a truck on the freeway. It’s a worse life. And even if your situation isn’t bad, just in itself, it is bad to be much worse off than you were. There are reasons to avoid, beforehand, and to regret, afterwards, any substantial decline in your fortune. Death and Deprivation If you can be worse off dead, then there are reasons to avoid lifethreatening situations, reasons to regret death, reasons to grieve over lives lost, reasons to be worried that soon you might die, and so on.

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