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The Epicurean Argument1. A state of affairs is bad for person P only if P can experience it at sometime.Therefore,2. P’s being dead is bad for P only if it is a state of affairs that P canexperience at some time.3. P can experience a state of affairs at some time only if it begins beforeP’s death.4. P’s being dead is not a state of affairs that begins before P’s death.Therefore,5. P’s being dead is not a state of affairs that P can experience at some time.Therefore,C. P’s being dead is not bad for P.One sentence version: Since you can’t experience being dead, it can’t bebad for you.
Why Think Premise #1 isTrue?1. A state of affairs is bad for person P only if Pcan experience it at some time.Some Cases… Horrific Mozart performance Terrible smell