Well-being and death

Authored by: Ben Bradley

The Routledge Handbook Of Philosophy Of Well-Being

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415714532
eBook ISBN: 9781315682266
Adobe ISBN: 9781317402657

10.4324/9781315682266.ch26

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Abstract

This is an opinionated survey of some ways in which our thinking about death intersects with our thinking about well-being. Some of the main philosophical questions about death are the following: Is death bad for the one who dies? What makes death bad, on those occasions when it is bad? How bad is it to die—how great a misfortune is death for its victim—and what determines this? Is there any time at which death is bad for its victim? Can someone be harmed after she dies—are the dead still subject to benefits and misfortunes? What attitudes and emotions is it rational or fitting to have towards one’s death? Our answers to these questions will require us to address questions about the nature of well-being and the place of well-being in the philosophy of death.

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