Epicurus : The Finality Of Death Essay

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Epicurus: The Finality of Death Epicurus is a philosopher that has shaped today’s modern debate on the fear of death in philosophy, among other arguments. He has had a great deal of influence on Western thought and has continued to be a talked about philosopher in today’s world of philosophy. One idea that Epicurus vigilantly discusses in the text is about death being of no concern to us (Toop 228). Epicurus examines the “philosophy showing that death is the end of all consciousness [which] relieves us of all fear of death” (Toop 228). He is indeed, in plain words, stating that at the moment of death, there can be no fear as we have no consciousness to experience fear, or any other emotion. In addition, he argues that “a life that is happy is better than one that is merely long” (Toop 228). Simply put, fulfillment of our happiness is more important, then how old we live to be. In my opinion, there are many objections to Epicurus’ argument, however they can all be rationally and logically refuted, making them invalid. Thus, Epicurus’ argument on the finality of death is a sound argument.

The conclusion of his argument that Epicurus discusses is that “death is of no concern to us” (Toop 228). It does not matter if we are alive or if we are dead. He argues his point in a logical way, in which it makes it easy to understand his stance and his sequence of events. The simplest way that we can lay out his argument is to say that death does not involve sensation or feeling,…

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