Can Death Be a Harm to the Person Who Dies?

  • Jack Li

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 73)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jack Li
    Pages 1-10
  3. Jack Li
    Pages 11-31
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    Pages 33-42
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    Pages 43-65
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    Pages 67-97
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    Pages 99-129
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    Pages 131-137
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 139-198

About this book


lt is with great pleasure that I write this preface for Or Li's book, wh ich addresses the venerable and vexing issues surrounding the problem of whether death can be a harm to the person who dies. This problem is an ancient one which was raised long ago by the early Greek philosopher Epicurus, who notoriously argued that death is at no time a harm to its 'victim' because before death there is no harrn and after death there is no victim. Epicurus's conclusion is conspicuously at odds with our prereflective­ and in most cases our post-reflective-intuitions, and numerous strategies have therefore been proposed to refute or avoid the Epicurean conclusion that death cannot be an evil after all. How then are we to account for our intuition that death is not just an evil, but perhaps the worst evil: that may befall us? This is the key issue that Or Li addresses. Or Li's book explores various alternative approaches to the complex and difficult issues surrounding Epicurus's notorious argument and provides a defence ofthe intuitively plausible conclusion that death can indeed be a harm to the person who dies. This challenge to Epicurus's claim that death is never a harm to the person who dies is developed by way of a detailed exploration of the issues raised not only by Epicurus, but also by his many successors, who have responded variously to the challenging issues which Epicurus raised.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Jack Li
    • 1
  1. 1.Fooyin Institute of TechnologyTaiwan

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5973-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9868-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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