Harry Silverstein’s Four‐Dimensionalism and the Purported Evil of Death

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In his article 'The Evil of Death' (henceforth: ED) Harry Silverstein argues that a proper refutation of the Epicurean view that death is not an evil requires the adoption of a particular revisionary ontology, which Silverstein, following Quine, calls 'four-dimensionalism'.1 In 'The Evil of Death Revisited' (henceforth: EDR) Silverstein reaffirms his earlier position and responds to several criticisms, including some targeted at his ontology. There remain, however, serious problems with Silverstein's argument, and I shall highlight five major ones below. I conclude that Silverstein has not shown that an appeal to four-dimensionalism facilitates a refutation of Epicurus, although a consideration of some of Silverstein's points helps to indicate the limited scope of the Epicurean thesis.
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The World as Will and Representation.Arthur Schopenhauer - 1958 - New York: Dover Publications.
The Evil of Death Revisited.Harry S. Silverstein - 2000 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 24 (1):116–134.
Eternalism and Death's Badness.Ben Bradley - 2010 - In Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & Harry Silverstein (eds.), Time and Identity. MIT Press.

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‘The Evil of Death’ Defended: Reply to Burley.Harry Silverstein - 2008 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 16 (4):569 – 579.
Epicurus, Death, and the Wrongness of Killing.Mikel Burley - 2010 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 53 (1):68-86.

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