The Evil of Death

Theodore Sider

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Evil of Death


This chapter examines the evil of death in the context of metaphysics. It explains that fundamental metaphysics is a search for the fundamental reality that underlies ordinary facts, and contends that the relationship between theses of fundamental metaphysics and questions of value is not a straightforward one. The chapter discusses two metaphysical views about the nature of time, four-dimensionalism, and presentism, and suggests that presentism is consistent with the idea that death is evil because it deprives the deceased of the goods of life.

Keywords: evil of death; metaphysics; nature of time; four-dimensionalism; presentism; goods of life

Article.  5429 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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