10 Good Questions About Life And Death by Christopher Belshaw

By Christopher Belshaw

10 stable questions about existence and Death makes us re-evaluate approximately one of the most vital concerns we ever need to face.

  • Addresses the basic questions that many folks ask approximately lifestyles and death.
  • Written in a fascinating and easy kind, perfect for people with no formal heritage in philosophy.
  • Focuses on mostly meditated matters, akin to: Is lifestyles sacred? Is it undesirable to die? Is there existence after dying? Does existence have that means? And which lifestyles is best?
  • Encourages readers to consider and reply to the human condition.
  • Features case experiences, thought-experiments, and references to literature, movie, song, faith and myth.

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And it’s like a war film, the way there’s a heap of dynamite stashed and primed under the bridge. He can blow up the runaway train, and bring about the sudden death of the five hundred donkeys on board, or he can allow it to continue, run over whoever it is, and come to a halt at the next incline. He doesn’t have long to think. What should he do? Some people think there’s no question here, and no matter how pleading the donkeys’ big eyes and doleful faces, people always come first. But I think there need to be questions about this.

Suppose your sister is in a coma, but you could, if you wanted to, somehow revive her. If you do, she’ll resume her normal life with no ill-effects. If you don’t, she’ll remain in the coma for thirty years 38 10 Good Questions about Life and Death GQAC03 38 02/14/2005, 03:40PM and then die. You would, I think, find it bizarre if someone suggested that you ought really to leave her be, as there’s nothing at all bad about a permanent coma, while there is something bad about one that ends. But then if there is reason to bring her round, and the sooner the better, then there is reason, if you can help it, not to allow her to go in a coma in the first place.

It would be better, though, if death didn’t stand completely on a limb here, and if there were other things that we can agree are bad, even if they don’t lead to anyone’s feeling bad. Are there other things? We’ve thought about the coma – alive but with no feeling. But it doesn’t significantly strengthen the argument for death’s badness – the Epicureans are likely to reject this case as well. Perhaps there are different examples elsewhere? Some people think it would be bad if great works of art, or 42 10 Good Questions about Life and Death GQAC03 42 02/14/2005, 03:40PM great works of nature were destroyed, even if none of us ever regretted that destruction, and the consequent loss.

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