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By Christopher Belshaw

10 stable questions on existence and Death makes us reconsider approximately essentially the most vital matters we ever need to face.

  • Addresses the elemental questions that many people ask approximately existence and death.
  • Written in a fascinating and simple sort, perfect for people with no formal history in philosophy.
  • Focuses on in general reflected matters, similar to: Is lifestyles sacred? Is it undesirable to die? Is there existence after loss of life? Does existence have that means? And which lifestyles is best?
  • Encourages readers to contemplate and reply to the human condition.
  • Features case reports, thought-experiments, and references to literature, movie, song, faith and myth.

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Or they might insist, Is Life Sacred? 25 GQAC02 25 02/14/2005, 03:39PM instead, that whether or not it is of personal value is beside the point. For life, and in particular human life, is intrinsically valuable, valuable just in itself, no matter what. Another sort of case still needs to be considered. It also involves this distinction about value, and will throw light on, and pose problems for, the sanctity view. Think about the cases discussed so far, where someone is not, in the sense outlined, a person.

Another is to follow the deprivation account, allow that death is bad, but acknowledge that it’s bad in a decidedly non-standard way. Although just in itself the state of being dead doesn’t harm us, it is bad if our lives, assuming perhaps that they’re more or less good, are cut off when they are only part way through. It would be better, though, if death didn’t stand completely on a limb here, and if there were other things that we can agree are bad, even if they don’t lead to anyone’s feeling bad.

Ice crystals, rock formations, sand dunes, distant planets and stars are all of them things that we shouldn’t break, or kick around, or cover with junk from rockets. But then why stop here? It’s tempting to think that a blanket disregard for made things (things made by animals – birds’ nests, beavers’ dams – and things made by human beings, including walls, temples, cities) is also something to object to, even when those made things have been abandoned and no longer serve any use. Here too frivolous, thoughtless, unnecessary destruction is something we should avoid.

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