Williams, Nietzsche, and the Meaninglessness of Immortality
Moore (Adrian W.)
Source: Mind, 115, Number 458, April 2006, pp. 311-330(20)
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    In this essay I consider the argument that Bernard Williams advances in "Williams (Bernard) - The Makropulos Case: Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality" for the meaninglessness of immortality. I also consider various counter-arguments. I suggest that the more clearly these counter-arguments are targeted at the spirit of Williams's argument, rather than at its letter, the less clearly they pose a threat to it. I then turn to Nietzsche, whose views about the eternal recurrence might appear to make him an opponent of Williams. I argue that, properly interpreted, these views in fact make him an ally.

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Makropulos Case

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