The Journal of Ethics 17 (1-2):99-119 (2013)

Steven Luper
Trinity University
Can we render death harmless to us by perfecting life, as the ancient Epicureans and Stoics seemed to think? It might seem so, for after we perfect life—assuming we can—persisting would not make life any better. Dying earlier rather than later would shorten life, but a longer perfect life is no better than a shorter perfect life, so dying would take nothing of value from us. However, after sketching what perfecting life might entail, I will argue that it is not a desirable approach to invulnerability after all.
Keywords Comparativism  Death  Epicurus  Happiness  Hedonism  Invulnerability  Perfection  Preferentialism  Stoicism  Welfare
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DOI 10.1007/s10892-012-9138-2
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