Death, Value, and Desire

Christopher Belshaw

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195388923
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Death, Value, and Desire

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This chapter examines the connection between value and desire with regard to death. It argues that having categorical desires is a necessary condition for death to be bad for those who die, and that the degree to which death is bad bears a close relation to the number and strength of those desires. The chapter also analyzes the principles espoused by Jeff McMahan in his book “The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life.”.

Keywords: death; value; desire; Jeff McMahan; Ethics of Killing

Article.  12186 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Mind

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