Immortality, Identity, and Desirability

In Michael Cholbi (ed.), Immortality and the Philosophy of Death. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 191-203 (2015)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Williams’s famous argument against immortality rests on the idea that immortality cannot be desirable, at least for human beings, and his contention has spawned a cottage industry of responses. As I will intend to show, the arguments over his view rest on both a difference of temperament and a difference in the sense of desire being used. The former concerns a difference in whether one takes a forward-looking or a backward-looking perspective on personal identity; the latter a distinction between our normal desire to continue living and the kind of desire implied in desiring immortality. Showing that there is some sense of identity and desire that support Williams’s conclusion goes some way toward providing support for his argument, if not a full-fledged defense of it.

Links

PhilArchive

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP
2015-07-14

Downloads
1,475 (#7,692)

6 months
224 (#12,203)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Roman Altshuler
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Citations of this work

The (Un)desirability of Immortality.Felipe Pereira & Travis Timmerman - 2020 - Philosophy Compass 15 (2):e12652.
Death.Steven Luper - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Agency, Scarcity, and Mortality.Luca Ferrero - 2015 - The Journal of Ethics 19 (3-4):349-378.
What Is It Like To Be Immortal?Joseph Ulatowski - 2019 - Diametros 16 (62):65-77.

View all 6 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

Death and the Afterlife.Samuel Scheffler - 2013 - New York, NY: Oup Usa. Edited by Niko Kolodny.
What You Can't Expect When You're Expecting'.L. A. Paul - 2015 - Res Philosophica 92 (2):1-23.
Immortality and Significance.Aaron Smuts - 2011 - Philosophy and Literature 35 (1):134-149.

View all 10 references / Add more references