Response to 'Fear of Death and the Symmetry Argument'
Deng (Natalja)
Source: Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas (Brazil): Vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 297-304, Oct - Dec 2016
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  1. This article is a response to ‘Fear of death and the symmetry argument’, in this issue.
  2. In that article, the author discusses the above Lucretian symmetry argument, and proposes a view that justifies the existing asymmetry in our attitudes towards birth and death.
  3. I begin by distinguishing this symmetry argument from a different one, also loosely inspired by Lucretius, which also plays a role in the article.
  4. I then describe what I take to be the author’s solution to the original symmetry argument (i.e. the one above) and explain why I am unpersuaded by it.

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