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Can we doubt that we are conscious? That we are not dead?

Sorry for the splurge of questions... Obviously Descartes would suggest that we can't doubt that we think, cos doubt is a cognitive attitude. But is it one that occurs when we think it does, i.e. can ...
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How can death matter to the dead person? - About the argument

I'm a mere beginner to philosophy and here, I'm not asking about philosophy or any abstraction about, but rather just the logic or strength of the argument for this essay topic: 'Does it matter if ...
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What is the point of Heidegger's authenticity

I understand that the analysis of authenticity is part of his attempt to find the meaning of Being. But I'm not quite getting what it means to be authentic in today's somewhat nihilistic world. Is ...
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Mula madhyamaka karika part 7-3

I started a new thread, based on others. A thread to discuss this apparently [to me] startling passage by Nagarajuna : If birth, abiding and perishing had an other characteristic of being ...
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The logic of indefinable variables [closed]

Suppose that I cannot see the limit of what I am able to see. Interpreting the Tractatus when it says: our visual field has no limits It does seem that I can see the edge of things that I see ...
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Thought experiment: Argument whose life is more valuable organic or mechanical? [closed]

Let's consider the following scenario: There is a really important mission consisting of a team of two individuals: a sentient, artificially intelligent robot and a human. If the mission fails, ...
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Kant on Euthanasia

I know there are many permutations of questions pertaining to euthanasia, but in the interest of specificity, let's keep it to these two cases. How might Kant respond to: A) The claim that ...
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Death: A finite ending?

From the viewpoint of an atheist, when you die, you cease to exist. Your brain has grown old, and can no longer sustain the trillions of electrical signals that constituted who you once were. ...
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Do humans have an obligation to ensure that death actually occurs when we think it does?

I've been struggling to articulate my question for quite some time so this may or may not be coherent. Philosopher Shelly Kagan, a Yale professor who has an Open Course on 'the philosophy of death', ...
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Is it right to judge if the life of one person is worth more than ten others?

Let us take a hypothetical situation where you are on a train that is approaching a fork. You are the only person who has the power to control the direction the train takes. If you leave the train ...
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What does “I” really mean?

When we refer to a human being by "I"/"you"/"he"/"she"/"Mary", what do we really mean? The more I think about it, the more confused I get. Do we mean living body or emotional/psychological world or ...
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What is Suicide to the Unconscious?

Sigmeund Freud beckoned the importance of the civilized man's unconscious incapability of acknowledging death. We cannot, indeed, imagine our own death; whenever we try to do so we find that we ...
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Do animals know that they are going to die?

This is maybe the wrong website for this type of question, but I'll try it anyway. I've somehow experienced this patterns mostly in cats (not scientifically proven, but pretty common also talking to ...
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Does pragmatism view death as optional?

In a paper Pragmatism and Umwelt-theory the author begins by contrasting pragmatism with scientific realism. He writes something very intriguing at a certain point. That from pragmatic perspective ...
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How close are we to conquering death?

The background for this question is basically I am struggling with the problem of coping with grief of loss of loved ones, past or imminent. (See Death) However, I have been aware of the concept of ...
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“I was not; I was; I am not; I do not care”

From Wikipedia's page on Epicurus: He also believed (contra Aristotle) that death was not to be feared. When a man dies, he does not feel the pain of death because he no longer is and he therefore ...
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Can death be given meaning through the theory of evolution?

Disclaimer: I haven't seen any other posts about this anywhere and one night, I was just thinking and scribbled this down, so I don't know where this could be found otherwise. What if, there is no ...
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How can I know that I am not immortal?

You think that you will die just because everyone dies. And you would like to know if you are immortal. How can you know if you are immortal or not?
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What are some criticisms of Epicurus' “death is nothing to us”?

Epicurus famously asserted that death should not be feared, with roughly the following argument: When we die, we no longer exist; Since we no longer exist, we can feel neither pain nor pleasure. ...
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Why is all fear said to ultimately stem from the fear of death? [closed]

Is there a philosophical explanation behind the following statement: All fear is ultimately the ego's fear of death. I heard this phrase in Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth. I am having difficulty ...
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How is knowing that I am going to die influencing my life?

Does the fact that I know I am going to die make me superior in a sense to all the other living creatures that have no understanding of this event? Is the fact that I know that one day I am going to ...
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The death sentence, ethics and relativity [closed]

A very common question is, "should there be a death sentence?" I was brought up to defend the opinion that the government cannot do something that it itself considers illegal, unlawful and immoral. ...
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Which philosophers have posited that our mortality gives meaning to our lives?

Cancer researcher, Doctor John Wynn gave an interesting talk this year. In it he argues, in short, that it is the fact of our mortality that gives our lives meaning. Which philosophers have discussed ...
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Does the concept of existence entail the concept of death?

Does the concept of existence entail the concept of death? I am asking this because many philosophers have tried to prove the existence of god (Descartes through the Meditations) by saying that he ...
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Does the idea that saving someone's life makes you responsible for them have any real philosophical roots, or is it merely a Hollywood trope? [closed]

I have heard this idea before: if you save a person's life, then forever after, you will be responsible for them. The only references I can find to this concept are vague claims that it is an Asian ...
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Which authors have discussed death in philosophy?

Could anyone point me to some authors who have discussed the ideas surrounding death in western Philosophy? (Not whether we know we exist but rather the concept of mortality and immortality).