Philosophical Papers 48 (2):179-209 (2019)

Authors
Kathy Behrendt
Wilfrid Laurier University
Abstract
There is a fear of death that persistently eludes adequate explanation by contemporary philosophers of death. The reason for this is their focus on mortal harm issues, such as why death is bad for the person who dies. Claims regarding the fear of death are assumed to be contingent on the resolution of questions about the badness of death. In practice, however, consensus on some mortal harm issues has not resulted in comparable clarity on mortal fear. I contend we cannot do justice to fear of death unless we detach it from theories about the badness of death, including the overwhelmingly-popular deprivation theory. The case for this involves disambiguation of certain aspects of mortal harm, a broad conception of what is involved in accounting for an emotion, and close attention to the nature of the fear in question. The source of fear of death is our departure from a context in which self-directed emotions have coherent application; our attitudes become ‘unmoored,’ in Samuel Scheffler’s phrase. While this does not result in a fear that is sui generis, it does demand that we remove the object of fear from the realm of well-being in order to make sense of it.
Keywords death  harm  deprivation  fear  emotion  well-being
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2018, 2019
DOI 10.1080/05568641.2018.1462668
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,132
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Death and the Value of Life.Jeff McMahan - 1988 - Ethics 99 (1):32-61.
Disappointment, Sadness, and Death.Kai Draper - 1999 - Philosophical Review 108 (3):387-414.
Existential Terror.Ben Bradley - 2015 - The Journal of Ethics 19 (3-4):409-418.
How Should We Feel About Death?Ben Bradley - 2015 - Philosophical Papers 44 (1):1-14.
Death and Rational Emotion.Kai Draper - 2013 - In Fred Feldman Ben Bradley (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death. pp. 297.

View all 12 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The recognition of nothingness.James Baillie - 2020 - Philosophical Studies 177 (9):2585-2603.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Death's Distinctive Harm.Stephan Blatti - 2012 - American Philosophical Quarterly 49 (4):317-30.
Mortal Harm.Steven Luper - 2007 - Philosophical Quarterly 57 (227):239–251.
Simplicity and Analysis in Early Wittgenstein.Peter M. Sullivan - 2003 - European Journal of Philosophy 11 (1):72–88.
What the Mortal Parts of the Soul Really Are.Filip Karfík - 2005 - Rhizai. A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 2:197-217.
Intensionality: What Are Intensional Transitives?Jennifer M. Saul - 2002 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 76 (1):101–119.
Intensionality.Graeme Forbes & Jennifer Saul - 2002 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes( 76:75-119.
Intensionality: Graeme Forbes.Graeme Forbes - 2002 - Supplement to the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 76 (1):75-99.
Mortal Questions.Thomas Nagel - 1979 - Cambridge University Press.
'Incident at a Roadblock'--Mortal Choices at a Roadblock.Carl Ceulemans - 2003 - Journal of Military Ethics 2 (1):82-84.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2018-11-29

Total views
61 ( #176,785 of 2,454,704 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
7 ( #98,457 of 2,454,704 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes