Well-being And Death

Paperback | April 1, 2011

byBen Bradley

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Well-Being and Death addresses philosophical questions about death and the good life: what makes a life go well? Is death bad for the one who dies? How is this possible if we go out of existence when we die? Is it worse to die as an infant or as a young adult? Is it bad for animals and fetusesto die? Can the dead be harmed? Is there any way to make death less bad for us? Ben Bradley defends the following views: pleasure, rather than achievement or the satisfaction of desire, is what makes life go well; death is generally bad for its victim, in virtue of depriving the victim of more of a good life; death is bad for its victim at times after death, in particular atall those times at which the victim would have been living well; death is worse the earlier it occurs, and hence it is worse to die as an infant than as an adult; death is usually bad for animals and fetuses, in just the same way it is bad for adult humans; things that happen after someone has diedcannot harm that person; the only sensible way to make death less bad is to live so long that no more good life is possible.

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Well-Being and Death addresses philosophical questions about death and the good life: what makes a life go well? Is death bad for the one who dies? How is this possible if we go out of existence when we die? Is it worse to die as an infant or as a young adult? Is it bad for animals and fetusesto die? Can the dead be harmed? Is there an...

Ben Bradley is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University. He has published articles in journals such as Nous, Mind, Ethics, and Philosophical Studies, on such topics as the evil of death, the nature of desire, and theories of well-being.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:222 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.07 inPublished:April 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Well-Being2. The Evil of Death3. Existence and Time4. Does Psychology Matter?5. Can Death be Defeated?ConclusionBibliography

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"Bradley's book is chock full of interesting and fruitful ideas. It advances the scholarly debate about death and its harmfulness. Anyone who contributes to or follows that debate will want to read Well Being and Death." --Steven Luper, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 15/07/2009