|Source: Forthcoming in James Taylor, ed., Death: Metaphysics and Ethics|
|Paper - Abstract|
The harm which death does to its victim, if any, we might call mortal harm. If death ends our existence, as I will here assume, we are likely to incur mortal harm, even if we are lucky enough to perish while asleep1, for annihilation is bad for us insofar as it deprives us of good life. But perhaps we can avoid mortal harm by suitably modifying our interests. If so, death might threaten us before we take these precautions, but it would never threaten us again.
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