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

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Module 1, clip #3

  1. 1. Premise 33. P can experience a state of affairs at sometime only if it begins before P’s death.Why think this is true?For Rosenbaum, experiencing a state of affairsrequires the possibility of being causallyaffected by it.
  2. 2. Is Premise 3 True?1. A state of affairs can causally affect a person only ifthe person exists after the state of affairs begins tooccur, because effects occur only after their causes.2. A person exists after a state of affairs begins tooccur only if the state of affairs begins before theperson’s death. (because death is a kind of non-existence)C. Therefore, a state of affairs can causally affect aperson only if the state of affairs begins before theperson’s death.
  3. 3. Causes, Effects, and PersonsGetting Hit in the Head My Head HurtsEli gets hit in the head Eli’s head hurtsCause EffectPerson P Person P
  4. 4. Since Being Dead is Non-ExistenceMoment of Death Being DeadPerson P NobodyThus, a state of affairs can causally affect aperson only if it begins to occur before theperson’s death.

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