Epicureans: A Debate Essay

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My topic focuses on Rosenbaum’s defense of the epicurean view, Luper’s critique of this view and my argument on who has a stronger position in regards to the topic. I am going to do this by describing both arguments in a detailed manner. Rosenbaum defends the epicurean view while Luper argues against, both sides provide excellent arguments and my argument is that which I feel is more superior. Rosenbaum defends the epicurean view throughout his essay. Epicurus “argued that since death is neither good or bad for the person dead and since the fear of that which is not bad for one is groundless, it is unreasonable to fear death” (Benatar, 175). A person when dead is lifeless and therefore cannot feel anything. This…show more content…
“Metaphorically, death is the portal between the land of the living and the land of the dead the bridge over the Styx” (Benatar, 177). Death may not be part of a person’s lifetime but it can constitute a small part of that. Unlike dying, the death’s time is uncertain. “It is not clear that it takes time, or if so, how much time it takes” (Benatar, 177). Being dead is a process that cannot be experienced. It also comes after death. Rosenbaum states that knowing these concepts helps us understand Epicurus’s argument and it helps us notice the “ambiguous use of the term death which embody rhetorically, but not logically, persuasive ways of insinuating the falsity of Epicurus’s view” (Benatar, 177). In Epicurus’s argument he uses the word death a lot. Rosenbaum further explains this by informing us that death in the context in which Epicurus is discussing, is actually being dead. This further proves the notion of death having ambiguous meanings as stated earlier. Also, according to this essay, death is not the issue but rather being dead. What we as humans fear is being dead; and Epicurus wants to get rid of this fear with the help of his argument. Rosenbaum also explains that since we cannot experience anything at the stage of being dead, it is not bad for us. Rosenbaum gives an example of an individual that cannot hear. If there were a bad symphony being played which was unpleasant to the ears, this person would not hear it. For other people
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