Time, Value, and Collective Immortality

The Journal of Ethics 19 (2):197-211 (2015)

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Michael Cholbi
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
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Samuel Scheffler has recently defended what he calls the ‘afterlife conjecture’, the claim that many of our evaluative attitudes and practices rest on the assumption that human beings will continue to exist after we die. Scheffler contends that our endorsement of this claim reveals that our evaluative orientation has four features: non-experientialism, non-consequentialism, ‘conservatism,’ and future orientation. Here I argue that the connection between the afterlife conjecture and these four features is not as tight as Scheffler seems to suppose. In fact, those with an evaluative orientation that rejects these four features have equally strong moral reasons to endorse the existence of the collective afterlife
Keywords Immortality  Value  Time  Morality  Impersonal versus personal values
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