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Philosophy
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PHIL 111
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Paul Fairfield

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Epicurus 10/10/2012 8:54:00 AM
One of three letters that has survived through antiquity
Advice from a friend to another as to his views on how to live a good life
Famous for the argument that death is not to be feared
Commonly interpreted that death is a terrible thing
Fear death because it will be bad for us to die.
What will happen to my loved ones
We don’t want to die for our own sakes: we have something to lose
Once we die: we will achieve what the Greeks called ataraxia
State of mind free of distress and worry
Process of dying is difficult but actually state of dead is nothing to fear
Fear because of pain
Being dead is not hanging around lacking the ability to interact
When you're dead, there is no I. The subject is removed therefore death
cannot affect anyone
Cannot be a setback for those who have died as nothing can be good nor
bad for them.
Death cannot be experiences
The only things in life that can be good or bad in life have to do with
experimental goods
When we ask the question to evaluate a persons life, all we can look at are
the quality of the experiences
Always going to be true that there are endless experiences to be had
If death is a tragedy then it is always a tragedy as there are more
experiences to be had

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Epicurus 10/10/2012 8:54:00 AM One of three letters that has survived through antiquity Advice from a friend to another as to his views on how to live a good life Famous for the argument that death is not to be feared Commonly interpreted that death is a terrible thing Fear death because it will be bad for us to die. What will happen to my loved ones We don’t want to die for our own sakes: we have something to lose Once we die: we will achieve what the Greeks called ataraxia  State of mind free of distress and worry Process of dying is difficult but actually state of dead is nothing to fear Fear because of pain Being dead is not hanging around lacking the ability to interact When you're dead, there is no I. The subject is removed therefore death cannot affect anyone Cannot be a
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