Ratio 22 (3):261-277 (2009)

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Lisa Bortolotti
University of Birmingham
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In this paper we address Bernard Williams' argument for the undesirability of immortality. Williams argues that unavoidable and pervasive boredom would characterise the immortal life of an individual with unchanging categorical desires. We resist this conclusion on the basis of the distinction between habitual and situational boredom and a psychologically realistic account of significant factors in the formation of boredom. We conclude that Williams has offered no persuasive argument for the necessity of boredom in the immortal life. 1.
Keywords immortality  boredom
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9329.2009.00431.x
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