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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 #6

  1. 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. 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. 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.

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