When Do Things Die?

Cody Gilmore

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195388923
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 When Do Things Die?

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This chapter examines when exactly a thing dies; analyzes the metaphysically necessary and sufficient conditions for a thing to die at a time; and discusses the relevant concepts of presentism, eternalism, the termination thesis, cryptobiosis, and the irreversibility of death. It suggests that being dead means having died and not having the capacity to live, and that terminus defines the time a thing dies.

Keywords: death; presentism; eternalism; termination thesis; cryptobiosis; terminus

Article.  29604 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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