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Nina Madison Professor Levin Philosophy 262g 13 February 2012 Reading Response #5 In Epicurus’s Letter to Menoeceus, he writes, ‘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.’ What does this mean, and is it plausible? This means that if you are living then you are technically dead because you will eventually die. If you do not die then you are not living. Death is everything that we do not know. The fear people find in death is more the fact that they are fearful of the unknown than actual death. It is foolish for someone to say they fear death because truly, they do not know what death is. Some people may say that they would rather not be born than to live and to die, but once you are born you are already dead. When we are living, death is not present because we
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Unformatted text preview: are technically already dead. When we actually die we do not exist and when we haven’t died yet we exist in the world. Since these entities are the same yet separate, it basically cancels each other out. Therefore, when one is alive it only matter that you are and when you are dead it only matters when you are dead. You can only appreciate these things if you are mortal. This is plausible in a sense because when we are alive, death does not exist. When we are dead, life does not exist. We are more scared of what we don’t know because we do not know about the other half. In order to live, one has to die. Therefore death is nothing because it doesn’t exist when we are alive and when we are dead it no longer exists. I think that this a plausible way of looking at death. Death is nothing because one has to die in order to live and once you are dead you are dead. The way of looking at death this way, simplifies the matter and the fear that is associated with death....
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2012 for the course PHIL 262 taught by Professor Scottpaterson during the Spring '08 term at USC.

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