Well-Being and Death

Well-Being and Death

by Ben Bradley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199557969

ISBN-13: 9780199557967

Pub. Date: 05/03/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Well-Being and Death addresses philosophical questions about death and the good life: what makes a life go well? Is death bad for the one who dies? How is this possible if we go out of existence when we die? Is it worse to die as an infant or as a young adult? Is it bad for animals and fetuses to die? Can the dead be harmed? Is there any way to make death less

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Well-Being and Death addresses philosophical questions about death and the good life: what makes a life go well? Is death bad for the one who dies? How is this possible if we go out of existence when we die? Is it worse to die as an infant or as a young adult? Is it bad for animals and fetuses to die? Can the dead be harmed? Is there any way to make death less bad for us? Ben Bradley defends the following views: pleasure, rather than achievement or the satisfaction of desire, is what makes life go well; death is generally bad for its victim, in virtue of depriving the victim of more of a good life; death is bad for its victim at times after death, in particular at all those times at which the victim would have been living well; death is worse the earlier it occurs, and hence it is worse to die as an infant than as an adult; death is usually bad for animals and fetuses, in just the same way it is bad for adult humans; things that happen after someone has died cannot harm that person; the only sensible way to make death less bad is to live so long that no more good life is possible.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199557967
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/03/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Well-Being
2. The Evil of Death
3. Existence and Time
4. Does Psychology Matter?
5. Can Death be Defeated?
Conclusion
Bibliography

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