Annihilation
Luper-Foy (Steven)
Source: Fischer - The Metaphysics of Death
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  1. Many people are tempted to accept some version of Epicurus' famous attempt to show that "death is nothing to us" in spite of efforts such as Nagel's to show that death is an evil.
  2. I bring out the ugly implications of Epicurus' view, showing that while certain changes in the values and desire schemes of people will allow them to think that death is not an evil, no one would want to "be" that sort of person, so that we are better off accepting the fact that death is an evil for us.
  3. I then offer suggestions for how we can structure our lives so as to reduce the degree to which death is a misfortune for us.

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