Death and the Deprivation of Life Essay

Although posthumous nonexistence deprives people of

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Unformatted text preview: ture pleasures. Therefore, it is understood why people find posthumous nonexistence to be relatively disturbing for it marks the end of pleasurable experience. People have justifiable biases toward the future, which shows that people’s asymmetry towards prenatal and posthumous nonexistence is also justified. The asymmetrical attitudes can be attributed not only to the fact that people have biases towards the future, but also to the idea that death entails the loss of some life whereas prenatal nonexistence does not and, as Nagel argues, cannot. Although posthumous nonexistence deprives people of life and pleasure, the same cannot be said for prenatal nonexistence. Nagel, in his essay titled Death, defines death as “the unequivocal and permanent end of our existence” (Nagel 177). Once people die, there is no prolongation of existence. The time after people’s death is the time in which death deprives them of; the time in which, had they not died, they would still be alive. Stephen...
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