The Journal of Ethics 19 (3-4):409-418 (2015)

Ben Bradley
Syracuse University
Many of us feel existential terror when contemplating our future nonexistence. I examine several attempts to rationally justify existential terror. The most promising of these appeals to the effects of future nonexistence on the meaningfulness of our lives. I argue that even this justification fails, and therefore existential terror is irrational.
Keywords Death  Emotion  Fear  Meaning of life  Rationality
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DOI 10.1007/s10892-015-9204-7
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