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A New Epicurean Argument Not to Be Troubled by Death

Epicurus offers the following argument that it is irrational to be troubled by death

a)death is non-existence

b)you didn’t exist before you were born

c)you’re not troubled by (b)

d)so you should not be troubled by (a).

Here is another argument which I think works as well.

a)death is non-existence

b)you don’t exist in many different places.  That is you have one body, you are not a person with multiple bodies, there are not numerous clones of you running around.  You exist in a single space rather than multiple spaces.

c)you are not troubled by (b)

d)you should not be troubled by (a).

 

Three questions:

(1)Is it true that my spatial argument and Epicurus’s pre-existence argument live and die together?

(2)Are these two arguments valid?

(3)If they are not valid, which premise is invalid?

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3 thoughts on “A New Epicurean Argument Not to Be Troubled by Death

  1. They’re both arguments from inconsistency, but they’re independent. Neither is formally valid, but they could be made valid by adding deontic premises requiring consistency. The first two premises of both arguments seem questionable to me.

    Confucius said that if we don’t understand life, which we don’t, then how can we understand death?

    I’d suggest not over-thinking these things. We don’t know what death is, and we don’t know when it will come. But it’s a lovely day and we are blessed in more ways than we know. For a reasonable person, it is enough. 🙂

  2. Maybe I was so troubled by being dead, I made myself born?

    Or maybe more exactly life was so upset at being dead, its original repeating pattern of material fell into place/existence, of which I am a subset (so in regard to that it’s still generally true that I was so troubled by being dead that I made myself born)

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