The Badness of Death and the Goodness of Life

John Broome

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Badness of Death and the Goodness of Life


This chapter, which examines the goodness of life and the badness of death, also analyzes what people lose by dying and explains the principle of the constant-length additively separable theories. It suggests that when people die, what they lose is the rest of their life, and suggests that the badness of this loss or death can be measured by how good the life was.

Keywords: goodness of life; badness of death; additively separable theories; loss; good life

Article.  8452 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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