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Module 1, clip #6

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This is a lecture clip from my online Philosophy of Death and Dying course.

This is a lecture clip from my online Philosophy of Death and Dying course.

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  • 1. What are Epicureans like? Epicureans can have:1. Escape desires-desires that under certainconditions, I would be dead2. Independent desires-desires the satisfaction ofwhich are unaffected by what I do (or fail to do)3. Conditional desires-desires I have only on thecondition that I am alive
  • 2. What are Epicureans like? Epicureans cannot have:1. Unconditional desires –desires which I haveirrespective of whether I am alive to seethem satisfied.2. Fulfilling desires-desires the satisfaction ofwhich make life meaningful or enjoyable
  • 3. What are Epicureans like?1. If Epicureans have fulfilling desires thatdeath would thwart, they must think death isa misfortune.2. Epicureans don’t think death is a misfortune.3. Therefore, Epicureans don’t have anyfulfilling desires.The Epicurean indifference to death requires anindifference to life that isn’t very appealing.