Essay on The Deprivation Account Of Death

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In this essay I will be explaining the deprivation account of death, and how Thomas Nagel comes to understand the badness of death. Then, I shall be introducing one main objection and offer a response to this objection. However, I see it necessary to provide why this response may not be entirely convincing, and will thus be offering a critic of Nagel’s view of death.
When Thomas Nagel introduces how he understands death to be bad, he first makes a definition of what ‘death’ is assumed to be. He makes it clear that after death we are not to accept, for the purpose of the argument, that we, or our consciousness is to exist in an immortal form and we must accept death to be the end of ourselves and our conscious survival, a permanent death (Nagel 770). Thus the question, if death is the permanent end of our existence, is it a bad thing? Before we look at an answer we must clarify one more thing, Nagel does not take into consideration the impact of death has on others, as it does not benefit the argument, Nagel wants to know why death is bad for the individual alone (Nagel 770). In Nagel’s paper, he goes through eliminating reasons why death may be considered bad, in order to get to the bad nature of death itself. He comprises two possible solutions, that (1) if death deprives us of life it is therefore the greatest of all losses and (2) that death is the end of the individual, a mere ‘blank’, not a great loss – as there is no subject left to experience it (Nagel 770-771). Nagel…

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