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Module 2 clip #1

  1. 1. THE MAKROPULOS CASE:REFLECTIONS ON THE TEDIUMOF IMMORTALITYBernardWilliams
  2. 2. Is Immortality an AttractiveOption?Benefits of Immortality Negatives of Immortality We get to spend eternity withclose friends and loved ones A wealth of differentexperiences are open tous, we can learn all manner ofnew skills. Death is bad, and immortalitymeans we never die, so wenever experience the badnessof death. Unless others are alsoimmortal, we’ll outlive allof our friends and lovedones; a solitary immortalitywould be lonely Reduces the meaning andsignificance of ouraccomplishments We would get bored
  3. 3. Three Claims WilliamsDefends1. It is rational to fear death.2. A longer life is better than a shorter one.3. Immortality would not be a good thing forus.?-How can all three of these claims be true?
  4. 4. What’s Really Wrong with theStoic View Stoics neglect what actually makes our livesbetter. Our lives are better to the extent that weexperience more of life’s benefits, and worse tothe extent that we experience less of them. Thus, death is an evil, generally speaking, andlonger lives are better than shorter ones.
  5. 5. Why it’s Rational to Fear Death1. If I desire something, then I prefer a state ofaffairs in which I get it over one in which I donot.2. To desire something is to have a reason forresisting what excludes having that thing.3. Death is a state of affairs in which none of mydesires are satisfied.4. Therefore, desiring something gives one areason to resist death.5. Thus, it is rational to fear death.

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