Since death is inventible worrying about it doesnt

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since death is inventible, worrying about it doesn’t make sense. Epicurus gives another reason not to fear death and that is for “epistemic reason” don’t fear death because its not true that death is a bad thing People who accept the epistemic reason, wont accept the pragmatic reason and vise versa Epicurus says death is not a bad thing but he also says that we ae better off not fearing it Pragmatic Reasons Letter to Menoccues “understanding that death is nothing to us makes the mortality of life enjoyable, not by adding to life a limitless time because we are still going to die but by taking away the yearning after immortality” (LTM p.1). Epistemic Reasons 1) Premise 1 : we should only fear that which causes us suffering only bad things produce pain – hedonistic world view – good is pleasure, bad is pain. 2) Premise 2: everyone is either alive or dead 3) Premise 3: Death doesn’t produce suffering in the living since they have not yet died death of other produce suffering but your own death doesn’t cause you
suffering when your alive because as long as you are alive, your own death hasn’t come yet 4) Premise 4: at the same time, death doesn’t produce suffering in the dead, sicne they don’t experience anything at all no life afte death, don’t experience anything at all, no suffering , plato says death is like endless sleep. 5) Premise 3&4 make 5: Death causes suffering for neither the living nor the dead - death doesn’t produce suffering in the living, doesn’t produce suffering in the dead , it doesn’t produce suffering in neither 6) How does it cause suffering – premise 6 (2&5): death doesn’t cause suffering for anyone everything is either alive or dead , death doesn’t cause suffering for anyone 7) Premise 7: (1 &6) : we should only fear that which causes us suffering, death doesn’t cause suffering for anyone; therefore “we shouldn’t fear death”. We should not fear our own death as it wont cause suffering and anything that doesn’t cause suffering should be feared. *** don’t fear death because there is no afterlife Popular view : believing in an afterlife will make us less scared about death. Epicurus thinks the opposite. He says if you think there is an afterlife (hell or heaven) but when your dead, you are just dead, no need to fear death if you don’t believe in the afterlife. Someone who cares only about pleasure cant be trusted Death not an Evil Whatever causes no annoyance when it is present, causes only a groundless pain in the expectation. Death, therefore is nothing to us seeing that, when we are (alive) death hasn’t come) , death is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come and when death comes are not. It is nothing, then either to the living or to the dead for with the living is not and the dead exist no longer.

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