Argumenta – Journal of Analytic Philosophy

 

Survival by Redescription: Parfit on Consolation and Death

Issue: Issue 9 • Author/s: Patrik Hummel
Topics: Metaphysics

Parfit argues that if we come to believe his theory of personal identity, we should care differently about the future. Amongst others, we can redescribe death in ways that make it seem less bad. I consider three challenges to his reasoning. First, according to the Argument from Above, a fact, event, or state of affairs can be good or bad independently of the value or disvalue of its constituents. Death could thus be bad even if R-relatedness matters and some degree of it is gets preserved. Second, I argue that…