<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Makropulos Case (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20208.htm">Thesis - Makropulos Case</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/T/Author_Todman (Theo).htm">Todman (Theo)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: </th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20208.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1014.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><ul type="disc"><li>This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note  Makropulos Case during my Thesis research, as from 2014. </li><li><a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1014.htm">Click here for Note</A>.</li><li>For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above. </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><hr><br><B><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20208_1">Write-up</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20208_1"></A></u> (as at 01/03/2018 18:53:17): Makropulos Case</B><BR><br><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20208_2">Plug Note</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20208_2"></A></u><ul type="disc"><li>This Note will investigate the controversy started in 1973 by <a name="7"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_02/Abstract_2425.htm">Williams (Bernard) - The Makropulos Case: Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality</A>". </li><li>It is slightly off-topic, in that the focus isn t on whether there is, in fact, any such thing as <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_979.htm">immortality</A><SUP>3</SUP> (for <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_74.htm">human beings</A><SUP>4</SUP>).</li><li>Rather, it is whether immortality  again for embodied human beings  would be desirable (or, indeed, tolerable). </li><li>Williams s conclusion  needless to say  is that it is not, though his reasoning is rather subtle. </li><li>Thoughts on the value  or disvalue  of immortality tie in with the evil  or lack of evil  of <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_67.htm">death</A><SUP>5</SUP>. Some of the items below mention the Makropulos Case in that regard. </li><li>All discussion of the evils of death will fall under this Note. </li><li>Since <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>6</SUP> strongly implies that  death is the end of us , this may be important. </li><li>Works on this topic that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20208_7">I ve actually read</A></U><SUB>7</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20208_7"></A>, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20208_8">include</A></U><SUB>8</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20208_8"></A> the following:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="8"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_02/Abstract_2425.htm">Williams (Bernard) - The Makropulos Case: Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality</A>"</li></ol></li><li>A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="9"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6167.htm">Bradley (Ben) - How Bad Is Death?</A>", Bradley</li><li><a name="10"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20207.htm">Burley (Mikel) - Atheism and the gift of death</A>", Burley</li><li><a name="11"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20204.htm">Burley (Mikel) - Immortality and Boredom: A Response to Wisnewski</A>", Burley</li><li><a name="12"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20203.htm">Burley (Mikel) - Immortality and Meaning: Reflections on the Makropulos Debate</A>", Burley</li><li><a name="13"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_02/Abstract_2435.htm">Feldman (Fred) - Some Puzzles About the Evil of Death</A>", Feldman</li><li><a name="14"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5904.htm">Kaufman (Frederik) - Pre-Vital and Post-Mortem Non-Existence</A>", Kaufman</li><li><a name="15"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20213.htm">Levine (Michael P.) - What Does Death Have to Do with the Meaning of Life?</A>", Levine</li><li><a name="16"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_02/Abstract_2433.htm">Luper-Foy (Steven) - Annihilation</A>", Luper-Foy</li><li><a name="17"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7340.htm">Moore (Adrian W.) - Williams, Nietzsche, and the Meaninglessness of Immortality</A>", Moore</li><li><a name="18"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20217.htm">Nussbaum (Martha) - Mortal Immortals: Lucretius on Death and the Voice of Nature</A>", Nussbaum</li><li><a name="19"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20216.htm">Perrett (Roy W.) - Regarding Immortality</A>", Perrett</li><li><a name="20"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20211.htm">Preston (Ted M.) & Dixon (Scott) - Who Wants to Live Forever? Immortality, Authenticity, and Living Forever in the Present</A>", Preston & Dixon</li><li><a name="21"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperSummary_22388.htm">Rosati (Connie S.) - The Makropulos Case Revisited: Reflections on Immortality and Agency</A>", Rosati</li><li><a name="22"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_02/Abstract_2426.htm">Silverstein (Harry) - The Evil of Death</A>", Silverstein</li><li><a name="23"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20206.htm">Sorensen (Roy) - A Sance with an Immortal</A>", Sorensen</li><li><a name="24"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20209.htm">Sorensen (Roy) - The Cheated God: Death and Personal Time</A>", Sorensen</li><li><a name="25"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20210.htm">Steele (Hunter) - Could Body-bound Immortality be Liveable?</A>", Steele</li><li><a name="26"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20215.htm">Strauss (Jonathan) - After Death</A>", Strauss</li><li><a name="27"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20214.htm">Suits (David B.) - Why Death Is Not Bad for the One Who Died</A>", Suits</li><li><a name="28"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20212.htm">Wetzel (James) - Infinite Return: Two Ways of Wagering with Pascal</A>", <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20208_9">Wetzel</A></U><SUB>9</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20208_9"></A></li><li><a name="29"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20205.htm">Wisnewski (J. Jeremy) - Is the Immortal Life Worth Living?</A>", Wisnewski</li></ol></li><li>This is mostly a <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_737.htm">place-holder</A><SUP>10</SUP>. </li></ul><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P20208_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20208_1"><B>Footnote 1</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (01/03/2018 18:53:17). </li><li><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1014.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P20208_2"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20208_2"><B>Footnote 2</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>A number of my philosophical Notes are  promissory notes currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned. </li><li>I ve decided to add some text  whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive  for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.</li><li>As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance. </li><li>The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P20208_7"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20208_7"><B>Footnote 7</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Frequently I ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note. </li><li>In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time. </li><li>In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course. </li><li>My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P20208_8"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20208_8"><B>Footnote 8</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I may have read others in between updates of this Note  in which case they will be marked as such in the  References and Reading List below.</li><li>Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P20208_9"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20208_9"><B>Footnote 9</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>The discussion of Pascal s Wager is a tangent on a tangent, but an interesting one nonetheless. </li></ul> <FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-13T13:21" pubdate>13/08/2018 13:21:11</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>