Essay about Death Is Not Bad For The Person Who Dies

745 Words Oct 23rd, 2016 3 Pages
Epicurus believed that death was no misfortune. He believes that once one dies, he or she looses sensation. He draws that sensation is a necessary condition of value to a person, so without it, the person will not sense, therefore not feel. Contemporary philosophers however object, arguing that death is bad precisely because it deprives a person of good experiences which one could not possible have when dead. In paragraph one of this essay, it will look at epicureans’ argument for death is not bad for the person who dies. The second paragraph will look at the flaws in this view and lastly paragraph three will consider the objective argument of Thomas Nagel and Fred Feldman.

Epicureans argument
The question of whether death is bad for the person who dies was first introduced by the Greek philosopher, Epicurus. He concluded that death should not be feared as ‘where death is, I am not; where I am, death is not’. Epicurus believed that the study of philosophy can aid us in living happier and more pleasant life. Epicurus was a hedonist, he determined that the objective value for anything is calculated by its relation to pleasure. One way in which he saw for this to satisfy for a happier life is by relieving the burdens of life, such as the burden of the fear of death. He believed the fear of death made life bad because one is not living their life, but living in fear of the end of their life.

The after life
The main issue with any question surrounding death is…

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