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Does Bergson mean we can't imagine our death, in The Idea of Nothing?

In fact, the object suppressed is either external or internal: it is a thing or it is a state of consciousness. Let us consider the first case... now, what is, and what is perceived, is the ...
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How would ethics or moral science be different if (human) life were eternal?

I admit that my question is quite useless in terms of practical philosophy or ethics, but I came to wonder how ethics will be changed if the life of human beings or further, the life of every ...
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Could the period before the Big Bang be compared to the period after death?

It is often said that it is illogical to have something come out of nothing. Therefore could the period before the Big Bang be the same as the period after death or before birth which cannot be ...
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Reasons to fear death

Epicurus said that fearing nonexistence is not only stupid, it even gets in the way of enjoying life. I agree with Epicurus and I am trying to stop fearing death by thinking about it logically. I now ...
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Theories of rationality/emotions which make Epicurus' death argument work?

I've read restatements of Epicurus' famous argument which attempt to prove that the fear of death is irrational (I don't know if Epicurus himself ever used a word like this. From what I've read, he ...
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How do I put in mind that “I am going to die” [closed]

Related to this question I understand that keeping this thing in mind this body is mortal can have positive influence on one's life, but I want to know about any tricks which can help me to keep me ...
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How should we read Tractatus' proposition 6.4311?

How should we read Tractatus' proposition 6.4311? Death is not an event of life. Death is not lived through. If by eternity is understood not endless temporal duration but timelessness, then he ...
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Are we living or dreaming?

They say when you die your brain has approximately 8 seconds of brain activity in which you go into a dream state. Now it is know that in a dream state 8 seconds can feel like a lifetime in which you ...
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How does the physicalism discuss the line between life and death?

In this day and age with modern medicine, the line between life and death are blurred, as the brain dead may act as if it's alive, and the alive, due to being comatose may be reposed as if dead. What ...
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How can death be a release from pain?

Has anyone discussed this particular problem, which may be a subset of Epicurean problems: can death be a good, for putting a stop to pain, even if dead people don't exist? This seems problematic, ...
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What is the best example of a morally doubtful utilitarianistic choice?

Surely this seems like a subjective question but it seems to me that all the counterexamples against utilitarianism are just designed to move the problem when we can't really judge it. For example ...
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What are objections to personality-theoretic identity branching? [duplicate]

I am currently watching the Yale open course "Philosophy of Death" with Shelly Kagan. So far he has made the case that there is not good enough reason to believe in the existence of an immaterial soul....
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Death and Epictetus

In the Enchiridion, Epictetus seems suggest that goodness and badness are not “in” the world. They are “in” our reactions. For example he says that, “Death, for instance, is not terrible, else it ...
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Was there a confusion in capital punishment?

While capital punishment seems a lot less common now, I wonder if there was a inherent paradox or, at least, confusion in the morality of what it taught our children? Was it not essentially saying ...
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My thought experiment on consciousness

Scenario 1: Somebody removed your brain, destroyed it, and then replaced it with another which was identical (and replaced all the connections as they were). Essentially every atom/molecule would be ...
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What is the main message Kierkegaard is trying to deliver in his suicidal quote?

In his journal Kierkegaard wrote: I have just now come from a party where I was its life and soul; witticisms streamed from my lips, everyone laughed and admired me, but I went away — yes, the dash ...
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Models of philosophy and what happens at the moment of death [closed]

What are the different models various schools of philosophy have proposed about what actually happens at the moment of death? Do any of them avoid the necessity to theorize a soul, or to consider the ...
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Is the death penalty a nihilistic solution to a crime?

The death penalty serves as an orthogonal solution to limiting the occurrence of an offence within society. It neither gives the perpetrator the opportunity to learn from their mistakes, nor does it ...
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How does Heidegger characterise inauthentic being toward death?

I'm not interested in the hermeneutic / philosophical niceties, but a specific phrase in Being and Time, that I can't find. I thought he made two notes side by side, on inauthentic then authentic ...
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Is Wittgenstein's proposition on death a subtle put down?

I'm trying to dissolve all these ridiculous pseudo questions about death, that I have, which all seem to be variants of stamping my foot and demanding qualia for everything. So why not Wittgenstein? ...
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Is death final?

Is there a reason why death could be final? Is there some law that prevents something from ever existing again after it is dead? Why are there supposedly entities that are able to cease existing and ...
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Movies on philosophy similar to “Waking Life”? [closed]

The movie "Waking Life" is a philosophical masterpiece: a quasi non-narrative psychedelic dreamscape exploring the very nature of both existence and non-existence in unpredecented depth. In a ...
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J. J. Thomson: A Defense of Abortion - When is it permissible to kill?

WORK SOURCE: http://spot.colorado.edu/~heathwoo/Phil160,Fall02/thomson.htm (This is a homework assignment) According to Thomson, if another person is about to cause your death, then: A. It ...
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Aristotle on Voluntary Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide

Aristotle greatly emphasizes the influence of the master, or he who possesses the greatest amount of practical wisdom. It is this master that we should turn to in order to determine the most virtuous ...
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What is the meaning of death? [duplicate]

I would want what is the meaning of death. Some people have different opinions: Death is an enfeeble form of life. Death is a continuation of life. Death is perpetual development. Death is waiting.
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What is the branch of philosophy concerned with such questions?

What is the branch of philosophy concerned with questions like: If we're going to forget why do we learn? If we're going to die why do we struggle for? If we're going to die, is "happiness" a bogus ...
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What is substance dualism, it is required for either belief in a life after death or arguments for life after death?

Many traditional(philosophical and empirical ) arguments for life after death are based on substance dualism. What is substance dualism? is it necessarily required for either in a life after death or ...
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About the fear of non-existence

Are there any reputable philosophical works that talk about the fear of non-existence as opposed to the fear of death? (Of course no one can imagine what it 'feels like' to not exist but if many ...
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Was Socrates of the belief that knowledge was attainable after death?

I've begun reading The Phaedo, wherein Socrates argues against the case of suicide. He begins by assuming that since we as men are possessions of the gods, they would be angered were one of their ...
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Is death impossible because it is impossible to be conscious of being unconscious? [closed]

I looked at a site called The Truth Contest which is a compliation of what "The ultimate truth" is. One of the ideas explored is immortality. Here is an excerpt: You are immortal; it is impossible ...
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What if I don't want to become one with my supposed creator? [closed]

This question entertains the hypothesis that we are the product of one intelligence/consciousness and that our life purpose is to refine our souls to the degree that are once again one with this ...
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Who is the charmer in Socrates' dialogue in Phaedo?

In Phaedo, Socrates was speaking to Cebes and Simmias saying that they are afraid of death that when the soul leaves the body, the wind will scatter her away (in their opinion). And later he says "Let ...
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The no harm thesis about death and comparativism

I was reading about the harm thesis and comparativism, when: To decide whether a person's death is bad for that person, we must compare her actual welfare level to the welfare level she would ...
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to say that death is the end of life suggests that all living thing die?

i'am currently reading "thinking clearly about death" by jay Rosenberg and in 1.3 (chapter 1 part 3) he says to say that death is the end of life suggests that all living thing die it does not ...
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Can we conceive of noumena and do we need to?

The encyclopedia Britannica says: Kant’s immediate successors in German Idealism in fact rejected the noumenal as having no existence for man’s intelligence A few days ago I asked another ...
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Does it even make sense to say pleasure has an innate value

I know that Nietzsche claims that some moral systems place too much value on pleasure, and that it isn't innately valuable like they claim. I keep being struck by the idea that it having innate value ...
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About the beliefs of those who believe in no after life [closed]

Do people who believe in only a finite existence and that there is no type of 'after life' ; do they think this is an absolute certainty ? If one is extremely certain about this being a 'finite ...
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Do we have a right to die? [closed]

From the starting assumption that we have certain legal and human rights (as discussed here and here), such as the right to life, then does it follow that we also have a corresponding right to die? ...
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If I had a proof that proved that the afterlife was %99.99… likely to be paradise, how would I use that information to die? [closed]

Please read this entire post. I don't want this thread to be about whether my proof is right so I'm not going to link it sorry (truly sorry seriously). I want this thread to be about assuming that I ...
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Should one prioritize other's life over his own?

Let's consider the following situation: You are a teacher in a school. A serious fire breaks out in your classroom during your class. All of the students are able to get out except for your ...
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Is the phrase “Dying is the #1 cause of death in the world” logically sound? [closed]

I just came across it and though it seems like an obvious statement I feel like the rapport of cause doesn't apply here. Dying IS death and not a cause of it. Right?
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Sleep and Death [closed]

If sleeping without dreaming (as I usually do) is somewhat akin to being dead (at least as far as our experience in a dreamless sleep is concerned), why are we, then, so very feared of death, but do ...
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What is the purpose of life? [mainly for non_believers] [closed]

I am aware this question has been asked quite often here; I wanted to customize the question to a certain context. other questions are also debated when this question is asked: Do we actually exist ...
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In what senses is immortality both possible and desirable? [closed]

It seems that no one can live forever. Is there anything that can rightfully be called "immortality", which is both desirable and a genuine response to the problem of mortality?
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The man who wants to die

This is a phrase I stumbled across in Deleuze work on Nietzsche, but I don't know of where it appears in the latter's work. e.g. the distinction between the last man and the man who wants to die ...
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Source for (Stoic?) quote on death/(im)mortality

In Eckhart Tolle's book The Power of Now, there is the following fragment of a question that the author was asked: I read about a stoic philosopher in ancient Greece who, when he was told that ...
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The “point” to an Atheists existence [closed]

I've recently become Atheist (I am 45). I've slowly transitioned from my childhood's strong Christian upbringing; through Agnostic; to the point where my rational brain has now extrapolated the ...
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Can we doubt that we are conscious? That we are not dead?

Obviously Descartes would suggest that we can't doubt that we think, because doubt is a cognitive attitude. But is it one that occurs when we think it does, i.e. can I doubt that I am typing this now ...
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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 ...