The Journal of Ethics

, Volume 19, Issue 3–4, pp 409–418 | Cite as

Existential Terror

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Abstract

Many of us feel existential terror when contemplating our future nonexistence. I examine several attempts to rationally justify existential terror. The most promising of these appeals to the effects of future nonexistence on the meaningfulness of our lives. I argue that even this justification fails, and therefore existential terror is irrational.

Keywords

Death Emotion Fear Meaning of life Rationality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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