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Life and death paradox [on hold]

Our lifespans are finite. Our "deathspans" are presumably infinite. Yet, infinity minus (anything finite) is still infinity! By this line of reasoning, we should be dead. But we're alive. So, ...
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Is the event of death deterministic?

It's 5 months since I lost my dad in a factory accident. His manner of death is obviously the biggest tragedy of my life, but now when I contemplate about it, the Physics of the event seem so unlikely....
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Can neglect and refutation towards rejuvenation (anti-aging) be considered as suicide?

There is emerging view that the aging is the reversible and bidirectional epigenetic/molecular/cellular process. Some reflections are in https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/477209 . There has been ...
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Why should we fear death

Shelly Kagan argues that contra Lucretius, we should fear death, because death necessarily involves the loss of the good things we enjoyed in life. Is Kagan’s argument a strong one, do we have ...
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Can anyone do something to make their death less of a harm?

Can anyone do something before they die to make their death less of a harm? I'm guessing yes, unless death harms all people equally. But that seems strange. Can we do so by doing good? By 'good' I ...
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Is there inherent selfishness within altruism? [closed]

Recently I have been noticing a theme on my social media. There is a post of someone passing away. Within that post the comment section is filled with comments such as: "I lost my mother 4 years ago. ...
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Are Wittgenstein's propositions about death incompatible with momentariness?

Are Wittgenstein's propositions about death incompatible with momentariness? I think mean that death, which is a cessation that is not lived through, cannot change life, and we are immortal outside ...
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Is there a phenomenological real time, for Husserl?

Is there a phenomenological real time, for Husserl? I've read some relevant sections, I think in the Crisis of the European Sciences, but could not determine an answer from them. If it isn't, must we ...
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How did Heidegger argue for the certainty of death?

How did Heidegger argue for the certainty of death? I gather that's a component of one characteristic of death, that it's "not to be outstripped". The other component being its indefiniteness, that I ...
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Are Christians more afraid of death? [closed]

This might be a better question for a psychology forum, but I'll try here first. I've observed many Christians who spend much of their lives talking about how they don't fear death because they know ...
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If we are all just condemned to death, then why should we still live?

This maybe just a question thought while drinking a coffee at a balcony. But it caught me defenseless. Just as how it caught those who committed suicide. With all our efforts to find meaning in life, ...
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Plato's Phaedo : Why does the soul stay separate from the body?

In Plato's Phaedo, Socrates established that death is the separation of soul and body. But he did not give any clue for this separation. What are the factors that lead to this separation? Physical ...
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Do we need to predicate the past perfect tense to those that have died?

Do we need to predicate the past perfect tense to those that have died? The PAST PERFECT TENSE indicates that an action was completed (finished or "perfected") at some point in the past before ...
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How should an atheist rationally respond to finding out they're about to die?

What is the rational, or most rational, response to finding out you're about to die? Not just to mortality, but that there's little more you can do in your life, and you're soon going to be, or are, ...
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Non Cyclic definition of life/death? [closed]

Life and death have a cyclic dictionary definition. Can one not be defined without the other? ( a question on philosophy of language) I am hypothesizing that the immediate words that come to the ...
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Has anyone analyzed the possibility or impossibility of communism as an aporia?

I've read Aporias, and Spectres of Marx, and don't recall this exact question coming up, though I understand that some left leaning philosophers are working in a deconstructive tradition. Has anyone ...
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Is it rationally possible to believe in a sensationless soul after death?

Epicurus's thoughts on death were: -Death is the cessation of sensation -Good and evil only make sense in terms of sensation Therefore: Death is neither good nor evil My (sort of related) question ...
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What is the biological logic behind the respect of the dead? [closed]

I was wondering if we should respect dead bodies. The thing is that I feel I cannot show a disrespectful behavior towards a dead relative or a pet, but I cannot find any logical/rational argument for ...
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How to think about exploiting the body of a dead slave

In a museum in Cuba, the skeleton of a slave is on display. He is named, and he died near the end of Cuban slavery, about 1880. He died in his twenties. I stood looking into the display case. Of ...
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Why should life have any more value than death? [closed]

When I die, I won't enter eternity, as my concept of eternity has to come from a conscious being. When I am dead I am not conscious, therefore not only will I not be able to conceptualize eternity, ...
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Does Valberg's “personal horizon” entail life after death?

The personal horizon is, Valberg contends, the subject matter whose center each of us occupies, and which for each of us ceases with death. This ceasing to be presents itself solipsistically not ...
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What are arguments against the option of immortality?

I have discussed on various occasions the possibility of human immortality with people. Most of the time people thought it would be a bad idea without giving specific reasons but relying on their ...
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Is there the creator overseeing us all. How does He do that? [closed]

Is there the creator overseeing us all. How does He do that? Is that possible due to His omnipresence and being independent of 3+1D (x, y, z, ct) limitations? My previous question and related to ...
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Can we look forward to being dead? [closed]

Can we look forward to being dead, self annihilation? Seems like we should be able to, but I'm not sure that we can without confusing ourselves about selfhood. Does anyone say we can't?
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Death and what it means to be dead [closed]

I have seen someone's post on here that had the same idea as I have. His belief was, when you die, the universe dies with you. Now this is a controversial position because there are people who ...
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Is willful ignorance about one's own mortality escapism?

I don't mean if someone is dying of cancer and they refuse treatment or something -- I'm saying if a healthy person who is unhappy obsessing over his own inevitable death one day chooses to ignore ...
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Books/resources on non-existence

I believe that after we die there is nothing. The same that was before being born. So while I won’t care about not existing when it happens, the thought of it does bother me now, as I like being and ...
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Does anyone say that dying for a cause is always irrational?

Does anyone say that dying for a cause is always irrational? I wouldn't gloss Heidegger's freedom-toward-death, like that, but it might be broadly similar. On the one hand, I would prefer to die ...
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Can “my death” be an abstract entity?

Can "my death" be an abstract entity? I don't think it's a universal, because, in the manner I mean it, "my death" only occurs once. But, and this is what motivates the question, it seems strange to ...
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Why is death considered a big problem?

I have recently watched this rather old TED presentation - A philosophical quest for our biggest problems. The first big problem is considered death: death is a big problem. If you look at the ...
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Can nominalists believe in their own death?

Can nominalists believe in their own death? You often hear people talk about death as nothing-ness, which suggests a universal nothing. And nominalists say that universals do not exist. Just trying ...
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How can an attitude toward death be 'appropriate', but unwelcome?

Source: The Human Predicament: A Candid Guide to Life's Biggest Questions (1 edn, 2017). pp. 137 Bottom - 138 Top.   In addition to asking what attitudes toward death are appropriate, we might ask ...
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Why's it hard to say exactly when a misfortune befalls an injured whiz?

Source: The Human Predicament: A Candid Guide to Life's Biggest Questions (1 edn, 2017). p. 113 Bottom.   “Atemporalism”: Still others have suggested that it may be possible for good or bad to ...
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Human cost of OJ Simpson court proceedings

This is along the lines of Trolley Problem, or the scenario of convicting an innocent person to save many lives. I use the OJ Simpson trial only as an example of a high profile trial. One could ...
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How is it possible for someone to live life to the fullest without becoming obsessed?

Is there anybody who is free from the preoccupation with the trivial in life without being obsessed and absorbed by dogma? It seems like only a maniac could be free from the guilt that prevents ...
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Questions about nothingness, existentialism, death

I have been feeling really oppressed recently and have been thinking constantly about my own death and what misery the death of a loved one would bring to me as I am stranger to that feeling. I don’t ...
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Why do people consider immediate pleasure irrational?

Why is immediate pleasure considered by the majority as irrational and as a trait restricted only to non human animals? What's more rational than immediate pleasure if death is inevitable and more ...
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What happens to consciousness after death?

Is it possible that our innate sense of self, our egocentric outlook on the world, could be wrong? After all, our brains are never REALLY connected; so we cannot know for sure that our consciousness ...
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If humans are an impermanent entity

If the phenomenological world is observed to lack permanent, unchanging entities, and humans finding themselves in such an experience, are also impermanent entities, how can any rational philosophy ...
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What do you make of this sentence?

Can anybody explain the following sentence to me? What is less than what? Less than the ability to use reason to escape mortality, Heidegger argued that what defines us is primarily the attempt and ...
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Has anyone claimed that any eternal return is not for and to me, because “a perfect repletion is the same”?

Has anyone claimed that any eternal return is not for and to me, because "a perfect repletion is the same"? I use quotes cos it's something a friend said, and I reckon that (if their original ...
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Which is worse, not giving our all to know what's going on or not giving our all to share or communicate that which we have learned? [closed]

I gave my all to know and understand but have not given my all to share or communicate that which I have learned and understood. In which state am I the worst, being content in ignorance or selfish in ...
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I am a physically dying human. Will I limit myself to consideration of physics or will I consider that which is extra-physical? [closed]

Humanity has understood the physics of proton bound to neutron orbitted by electron as atom. As a human aware of my impending demise, I determined to consider is death or cessation of mere physical ...
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What is the philosophical significance of the First Law of Thermodynamics?

The Law states that “no energy can be destroyed or created, for it is constant; it can only be transformed from one form to another”. Do you think this alignes with many of the teachings of Buddhism, ...
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Can they have self-awareness? and think about the death?

If a person was born and live without see/communicate with other people (his mother also), can He have self-awareness? and think about the death?
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When should a human be declared dead?

This has a biological element to it, so I have also asked it on Biology SE, but there is an interesting philosophical element as well. What is it that makes us 'alive'? Our heart beat? Our brain ...
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Can belief in reincarnation be justified using empirical evidence?

It's claimed in An Introduction to Parapsychology, 5th ed.: The survival hypothesis concerns the notion of postmortem survival, that is, that a disembodied consciousness or some such discarnate ...
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A question on Bataille's belief

George Bataille, the French philosopher, believed that death is a means of connecting us, the so-called "discontinuous" creatures, to the "continuity" of being. We desire this, at the same time of ...
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Why do we associate youth with life, and old with death? [closed]

Also youth is optimistic, but childishness is condoned? Age and experienced should make one wiser and be able to take advantage of life yet it's youth (whom has not really lived yet) that we ...
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Does all matter exist forever?

I was reading about non-duality (spirituality / philosophy) that discusses the idea that everything in reality is one, since any matter can become any other matter, (a tree can become a chair and a ...