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  • Epicurus's Argument Analysis

    A Critique of Epicurus’s Argument about Death Kejia Jiang Word count: 1419 As the founder of Epicureanism, Greek philosopher Epicurus presented the view that it is irrational to fear or hate death and death is not a misfortune for one who dies. The main idea he used to defend his argument was that no one will feel painful while dead, therefore death is not a bad thing for people and there is no need to fear it. At the first glance, the argument may seem to be plausible. However, after serious consideration, I find that the argument is not true. In this paper, I will show how the argument fails. First, I will state and explain the argument, along with its premises. Then I will present my disagreement with the argument, especially…

    Words: 1440 - Pages: 6
  • The Pursuit Of Happiness In Aristotle's Virtue

    Few issues are as contentious and endless as how to achieve a life full of happiness. Many arguments can be discussed about which viewpoint could be classified as the underlying best, but, out of the various aspects, the Epicurean and Aristotelian concepts, in my opinion, make the most outstanding deliberation for Frederick’s situation. Are the ethics developed by Epicurus better suited for Frederick’s happy life, or do the moral principles surrounded by Aristotle promote a more enhanced…

    Words: 1953 - Pages: 8
  • Hoasca Case Study

    An individual does not make a community, and a community does not make a society. In order to have a functioning and prosperous society, one must relinquish some free will in return for protection. According to John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, there are certain rights of the individual which the government may never possess. Centuries after the publication of Mill’s Essay, the court case Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegeta l , 546 U.S. 418 (2006) challenged the protective…

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  • Fear Of Death In Lucretius On The Nature Of Things

    Lucretius 's poem, On the Nature of Things, is one of the last remaining pieces of Epicurean literature that we can see some of Epicurus 's philosophy. Although it does not come from straight from Epicurus’s hand, it is assumed that Lucretius has a copy of Epicurus’s work Nature in front of him and commenting on it through this poem. When Lucretius talks about why one should not fear death he offers two arguments why one should fear death and then the counter argument. Of his two major…

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  • Nietzsche On Free Will Analysis

    Have you ever wonder why as people grow up that we feel the need to make our own choices and decisions? This need to make our own choices are in every life on this earth. Today there are billions of people on this earth, and for each individual that is born we are born with the right to make our own decisions. A right that, one will eventually in their life span has to take advantage and responsibility of. That right is called Free Will. Furthermore, there are many that support and appreciate…

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  • Epicurus Argument Analysis

    In discussions of death, a controversial issue has been whether death is bad for the person that dies. According to Epicurus and Rosenbaum, humans should not fear death because they are unaware of their death and therefore death cannot be bad for them. According to Nagel, however, says death is bad for the person who dies because it deprives that person of all the good that life can bring them. Therefore, they disagree on whether death is implicitly bad for the person that dies. Epicurus…

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  • Epicurus And Lucretius Analysis

    Death without question is inevitable, but is it bad for the person who dies? The shared account of Epicurus and Lucretius unravel this question, in the Philosophy and Death; there shared view is contrasted by the piece by Nagel. It is important to note that all three accounts are assuming the soul ceases to exist when the body perishes. Epicurus’ explanation is centered around death being nothing to humans because bad is centered around sense experience which death is the privation of ().…

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  • Epicurus Bad Argument

    Epicurus believed that death was a neutral event and that a person ceases to exist at the moment of death. Death is considered neither good or bad by Epicurus and his followers, but it is important to remember the distinction between dying and death. Dying could be considered a “bad” state of life since Hedonists regard pain as the only “bad” and pleasure as the only “good” in an individual’s life. This is not the case with death – based on what Feldman calls Epicurus’ termination thesis – as…

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  • Camus And Epicurus On Death

    Camus and Epicurus have a couple views in common. They both believe death is the end of all suffering and sensation, people have control of their own destiny, and everyone has the right to live and die. Death is the deprivation of sensation, and after death there is nothing, nor do we feel anything. Camus’s big question is whether or not life is worth living. That each person has the right to choose whether to live or die. People who commit suicide have made the decision for themselves, “All…

    Words: 1057 - Pages: 5
  • Epicurus Vs Augustine

    Epicurus, a scientific philosopher, based his beliefs on life around his scientific theories and observations. Augustine, a theological philosopher, believed in everything through the Catholic God and was deeply rooted in his faith. To fully incorporate both of these doctrines into everyday life would be impossible. The two belief systems conflict each other greatly, but in some respects, they can be used together to find philosophical truth. Both philosophers had radical ideas about the gods…

    Words: 1590 - Pages: 7
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