The Symmetry Problem
Warren (James)
Source: Luper - The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death, 2014, Chapter 10
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Editor’s Introduction1

  1. The focus of Chapter 10 is the symmetry problem, which arises from the following symmetry claim: the period of non-existence that precedes my birth seems saliently identical to the period of non-existence that will follow my death.
  2. Appealing to the symmetry claim. Epicureans argued that since prenatal non-existence is not bad for us, posthumous non-existence is not bad for us either.
  3. In Chapter 10 James Warren discusses the two main ways to respond to the Epicurean argument if we wish to insist that death may harm its victims.
    1. Asymmetrists deny the symmetry claim and say that while death is harmful prenatal non-existence is not, while
    2. Symmetrists accept the symmetry claim and deny that prenatal non-existence is harmless to us.

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Book Chapter, but pdf downloaded from Cambridge Core. Filed in zip with full book.



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Footnote 1: Taken from "Luper (Steven) - The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death: Introduction".


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