Essay about Criticizing Lucretius 's Argument On Death

1577 Words Apr 8th, 2016 7 Pages
Criticizing Lucretius’s argument on death which he claims is a distraction to our desires and therefore it is a bad thing for us and that an immortal life will make sure we fulfill our desires. Bernard Williams approached Lucretius’s claim with his counterargument in which he opposes Lucretius theory of death by skeptically claiming that death is not always a bad thing because it can also end bad things such as suffering, as a matter of fact he opposes immortality in that it should not be your option to fulfill all your desires because after those desires are fulfilled it will lead one’s life to boredom and one’s life will lose its meaning. He offered two types of desires, conditional desires which are desires one wishes to complete during their life and these desires are something they wish to accomplish but are not the reason for prolonging their lives and categorical desires which are unconditional. Categorical desires are desires that one looks at and say I want live longer so that I came achieve this desire. Williams claims that it is the categorical desires that make one wish for an eternal life, but encourages that it should not be ones necessity to wanting to live forever because after these desires fulfilled repetitively they cause one to question their existence or meaning of life. To make sense of his argument, he offered a fictional example of a woman named EM who was given an elixir of life a portion that will make one’s life immortal, EM used this elixir to…

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