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Unformatted text preview: look in amazement at those not achieving joy and not attempt to aid them? In the following books, he argues against the fear of death by arguing that death is the dissipation of a being's material mind, and so, as a simple ceasing-to-be, death can be neither good nor bad for this being. Thus, people should enjoy life without the fear of a God figure. But then this confuses me, as the preface seemed to say that he acknowledged God, just not as an influence on our everyday lives. According to Lucretius, fear of death is a projection of terrors experienced in life, of pain that only a living (intact) mind can feel. Lucretius also puts forward the 'symmetry argument' against the fear of death. In it, he says that people who fear the prospect of eternal non-existence after death should think back to the eternity of non-existence before their birth, which they probably do not fear....
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course PHIL 330 taught by Professor Kaufman during the Spring '08 term at Ithaca College.
- Spring '08