Well-Being and Death

Well-Being and Death

by Ben Bradley

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199596256
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,167,795
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Ben Bradley is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University. He has published articles in journals such as Nous, Mind, Ethics, and Philosophical Studies, on such topics as the evil of death, the nature of desire, and theories of well-being.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction xiii

1 Well-Being 1

1.1 The Concept of Well-Being 1

1.2 Theories of Well-Being 4

1.3 Well-Being and Time 18

1.4 A Paradox 30

1.5 Conclusions and Implications 40

2 The Evil of Death 47

2.1 Instrumental Value and Difference-Making 47

2.2 Overdetermination, Preemption, and Causation 52

2.3 Genuine Evils, Fitting Attitudes, and the Symmetry Problem 60

2.4 Harm 65

2.5 An Argument For the Difference-Making Principle 69

3 Existence and Time 73

3.1 Is All Badness Temporal? 74

3.2 Could Death Be a Temporal Evil? 79

3.3 When Is Death Bad? 84

3.4 Objections 92

3.5 The Value of Nonexistence 98

4 Does Psychology Matter? 113

4.1 When Is it Worst to Die? 113

4.2 The Cure 117

4.3 Abortion 121

4.4 Desires and Time-Relative Interests 126

4.5 Cows 147

5 Can Death be Defeated? 155

5.1 The James Dean Effect 157

5.2 Old Age and Progeria 164

5.3 Previous Gains and Discounts 166

5.4 Realism 170

Conclusion 177

Bibliography 181

Index 191

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