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Fearing Death

  • Amélie Oksenberg Rorty (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 January 2009

Many have said, and I think some have shown, that it is irrational to fear death. The extinction of what is essential to the self—whether it be biological death or the permanent cessation of consciousness—cannot by definition be experienced by oneself as a loss or as a harm.

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