Bernard Williams has argued that immortality would not be desirable, because the desires that drive us in life would eventually grow old.
However, there are objections. Here are various objections I have found:
- Section 5.2 in the SEP entry on Death
- Section 5.2 in the SEP entry on Heaven and Hell in Christian Thought
- Against the Tedium of Immortality by Brucker
- Why Immortality Is Not So Bad by Fischer
While these objections are all fairly similar, do they succeed in disproving Williams's idea? Especially, I don't understand how Williams's identity condition is a problem. The dominant view of personal identity, psychological continuity, suggests that identity is preserved under continuous change, something which occurs even in Williams's supposed scenario arguing against the person surviving change. Another aspect I don't understand is how it is not possible for us to somehow externally obtain motivation, especially knowing that motivation and excitement is a result of dopamine levels in the brain (which could presumably be artificially changed).
So, does Williams succeed in showing that immortality is not desirable despite these objections?