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date: 19 August 2019

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This chapter analyzes the issue of immortality in the opera “The Makropulos Case” and reviews Bernard Williams's essay inspired by the opera, which argues against immortality. It suggests that the widespread longing for an extended existence is an expression of our agency and that the rational appeal of extended existence rests on the fact that human beings are autonomous agents with a distinctively agential character.

Keywords: Makropulos Case, immortality, Bernard Williams, extended existence, rational appeal, agency, human beings, autonomous agents, agential character

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