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Ethics: Symmetry Argument Against the Badness of Death

Almost everyone fears death. But is this fear rational? Should we fear death? In this Wireless Philosophy video, Travis Timmerman (Seton Hall University) discusses the Symmetry Argument against the badness of death. He explains why one of the most popular responses to the argument fails. He also offers his own response, one that preserves the judgment that death can be bad for the one who dies.

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  • blobby green style avatar for user Barbara Lis
    I've never met a single person who held premise 1 when accounting for the world getting better in time on average. I imagine the only way anyone could say they do is when they didn't understand the obviously confusing question (after all it is asking about something impossible).

    This begs a question, where did the premise 1 come from? From this misunderstanding?
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