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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 Dasein “relate” to its own death?

In Dasein’s public way of interpreting, it is said that “one dies” because everyone else and oneself can talk himself into saying that ‘in no case is it I myself’, for this ‘one’ it is the ‘nobody’...
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...