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Saving People from the Harm of Death$
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Espen Gamlund and Carl Tollef Solberg

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190921415

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190921415.001.0001

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The Badness of Death and What to Do about It (if Anything)

The Badness of Death and What to Do about It (if Anything)

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Saving People from the Harm of Death

F. M. Kamm

Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys different accounts of the factors that make death bad and that make one death worse than another both intrapersonally and interpersonally. It focuses on (1) deprivation of future goods of life (Deprivationism); (2) having had fewer rather than more goods at the time of death (Willhavehadism); (3) being all over as a conscious person (Alloverism); and (4) vulnerability to loss and decline to nothingness (Insult). For each account of the badness of death, the chapter considers (a) possible problems with it and how they might be solved; (b) possible good and bad ways to remedy or ameliorate the bad; and (c) the morality of pursuing such remedies or amelioration. It also considers some related issues, including (i) whether to help those who are worst off; (ii) the role of moral rights; (iii) the significance of a human’s developmental stage; (iv) the value of mere conscious personhood; and (v) prenatal nonexistence.

Keywords:   conscious person, death, deprivation, Extinction, Insult, prenatal nonexistence, vulnerability, worst off

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