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Premature Death and a Complete Life

James Warren

in Facing Death

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780199252893
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601408 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199252890.003.0004
Premature Death and a Complete Life

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The Epicureans attempted to assuage fears of premature death by offering a vision of a complete life divorced from concerns of duration. It is possible, on their account, to have lived a complete life although one is very young if one has attained the Epicurean goal of ataraxia, the absence of mental anxiety. The chapter outlines and examines the Epicurean view, contrasting it with other approaches to the nature of a ‘complete life’.

Keywords: ataraxia; complete life; pleasure; premature death; tranquillity

Chapter.  21658 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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