Epicurus, Death and Grammar

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-242
Journal / PublicationPhilosophia (United States)
Volume42
Issue number1
Online published18 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

Abstract

Using the Epicurean position on death as a starting point, this article re-examines the basic assumptions of philosophers regarding their views on whether death should be seen as a bad. It questions the positions of philosophers such as Thomas Nagel and Derek Parfit by applying Wittgenstein's notion of grammar as developed by G. P. Baker and P. M. S. Hacker. While philosophers may characterize questions such as 'What is the nature of death?' and 'Is death a bad?' as metaphysical, I propose that such questions can be better characterized as grammatical. The failure to understand the grammatical character of such questions creates the illusion that questions concerning the nature of death can be adequately tackled with reference to empirical or metaphysical 'facts'. If the arguments in this article are substantiated, some philosophical puzzles about death can be dissolved. © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013.

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  • Bakerand Hacker, Death, Epicurus, Grammar, Nagel, Parfit, Wittgenstein

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Epicurus, Death and Grammar. / Yan, Hektor K. T.

In: Philosophia (United States), Vol. 42, No. 1, 03.2014, p. 223-242.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review