The Timing Problem

Jens Johansson

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Timing Problem


This chapter, which examines the argument of Epicurus about the timing problem of death, clarifies the Epicurean challenge and identifies some merits and disadvantages of the various anti-Epicurean views. It also explains the concept of several relevant principles including atemporalism, subsequentism, priorism, concurrentism, and eternalism, arguing that the Epicurean argument and its premises are valid.

Keywords: timing problem; death; Epicurus; anti-Epicurean views; Epicurean argument; atemporalism; subsequentism; priorism; concurrentism; eternalism

Article.  9818 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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