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The Importance of a Good Ending: Some Reflections on Samuel Scheffler's Death and the Afterlife
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, Ethics and Social Philosophy.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Ethics, ISSN 1382-4554, E-ISSN 1572-8609, Vol. 19, no 2, 185-195 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In his recent book, Death and the Afterlife, Samuel Scheffler argues that it matters greatly to us that there be other human beings long after our own deaths. In support of this “Afterlife Thesis,” as I call it, he provides a thought experiment—the “doomsday scenario”—in which we learn that, although we ourselves will live a normal life span, 30 days after our death the earth will be completely destroyed. In this paper I question this “doomsday scenario” support for Scheffler’s Afterlife Thesis. In particular, I suggest that Scheffler has underestimated the importance of a good ending.

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2015. Vol. 19, no 2, 185-195 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-254586DOI: 10.1007/s10892-015-9197-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-254586DiVA: diva2:818939
Available from: 2015-06-09 Created: 2015-06-09 Last updated: 2016-07-20Bibliographically approved

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