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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 #7

  1. 1. Is Epicureanism a Life WorthLiving? Can still be motivated by their conditionaldesires Can still disapprove of wrongful killing Reasonable to modify desires to makeinevitable consequences less bad for you
  2. 2. Is Epicureanism a Life WorthLiving? Any good reason to not die is a good reason to live. Epicureans must avoid desires that give goodreasons to not die. In doing so, they also avoid desires that give goodreasons to live. Must also avoid any activities that would be “too”enjoyable.
  3. 3. What’s Right about Epicureanism We shouldn’t expect to live longer than anormal human lifespan. Our desires should reflect this unavoidablefact. As death draws nearer, we should modify ourdesires so that it isn’t bad for us.
  4. 4. Summary1. We should not be indifferent about death.Insofar as death thwarts our desires, it is bad forus.2. We should not want to be the sorts of peoplewho are indifferent to death. This requires thatwe are indifferent to living.3. Given the inevitability of death, it makes senseto “Epicureanize” our desires so that they canbe fulfilled within a normal human lifespan, andconditionalized at the end of life.

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