Feldman's Response To The Asymmetry Problem

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Fred Feldman essay deals with a variety of topics, however the significant issue he attempts to debunk is the asymmetry problem. This problem originates from the badness of death, and the concept of the deprivation argument where an early death deprives the agent of goods they would have obtained in their supposed future. Whereas the asymmetry problem asserts that if an early death is a form of deprivation, then so is an early birth. Feldman attempts to demonstrate how an early death is more depriving than a late birth. In effect, this essay will analyze Feldman’s paper, and then critique on his response to the asymmetry problem.
Firstly, Feldman’s responds to the Epicurean conclusion to the problem of death, which is nothing can be intrinsically bad for an individual, unless that person were alive to
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I do agree that the hypothetical comparisons of world1 and world3 is a good example of avoiding the asymmetry problem. However, If X were born in a different time span, they would no longer remain the same person. Rather, X would become an different individual known as (Y). Problematically, X could never exist in world3. Arguable, throughout X’s lifespan, there will have been necessary factors (persons/events) that were involved in constructing the overall identity of X’s personhood. In effect, it would be an error to refer to X in possible-world1 as the same individual in possible-world3, unless those necessary factors still occurred. However, those determinant factors that occurred in the time span of world1 are unlikely to occur in world3, which then problematizes the hypothetical example. Consequently, the pre-natal thought experiment does not work, and it makes possible-world3 too distant, rather near. Therefore, the issue of identity limits the ability to temporally place X in different hypothetical scenario’s, and doesn't allow the example to fully

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