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Reflective Summary – Death, Thomas Nagel Notes: Premature nor painful Life is all we have and the loss of it is the greatest loss we can sustain Objected that death deprives this supposed loss of subject, and that if we realize that death is not an unimaginable condition of the resisting person, but a mere blank, we will see that it can have no value whatever Refers to death as permanent Death is evil because of what it deprives us of o Brings to an end all the goods that life contains o Observe that some of them, like perception, desire, activity, and thought are so general as to be constitutive of human life May be benefits – but they are conditions of misery and happiness o Good simply to live even if you are undergoing terrible experiences o Experience – make life better, or make life worse o Good outweighs the bad Value life has for the person who is its subject * Two observations: o Value of life and its contents does not attach to mere organic survival
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