Nagel - ThomasNagelDeath 22:02 ThomasNagel(1937)

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Thomas Nagel-Death 22:02 Thomas Nagel (1937- ) Professor of Philosophy and Law at NYU “If death is the unequivocal and permanent end of our existence, the question  arises whether it is a bad thing to die.” Death-event (datable, and locatable) What’s at issue is the permanent end of our existence. Nagel assumes for the  sake of discussion that we are not immortal and that there’s no afterlife. “I shall not discuss the calue that one persons life or death may have for others,  or its objective value, but only the value it has for the person who is its subject.” Thus, the question is: is it bad for  me  to die? Does the question make sense? o Is it bad in what sense? o In relation to what end? Having pleasurable future experiences? Not  having immense pain? Saving the lives of a million people? What is good/bad about life/death?
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Nagel - ThomasNagelDeath 22:02 ThomasNagel(1937)

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