EPICURUS-LUCRETIUS on death

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Epicurus and Lucretius on Death Epicurus: Letter to Menoeceus (excerpt) (1) Accustom yourself to believe that death is nothing to us, for good and evil imply awareness, and death is the absence of all awareness. (2) Therefore a right understanding that death is nothing to us makes the mortality of life enjoyable, not by adding to life an unlimited time, but by taking away the yearning after immortality. (3) For there is nothing fearful in living for those who thoroughly grasp that there is nothing fearful in not living. (4) Foolish, therefore, is the person who says that he fears death, not because it will pain when it comes, but because it pains in the prospect. Whatever causes no annoyance when it is present, causes only a groundless pain in the expectation. (5) Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we exist death is not present, and when death is present we do not exist. It is nothing, then, either to the living or to the dead, for with the living it is not and the dead exist no longer. (6) People sometimes shun death as the greatest of all evils, but at other times choose it as a respite
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2012 for the course PHIL 262g taught by Professor Yaffe during the Spring '06 term at USC.

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