- Introduction: Philosophy of Death
- When Do Things Die?
- Death and the Disintegration of Personality
- The Person and the Corpse
- Personal Identity and the Survival of Death
- The Evil of Death: What Can Metaphysics Contribute?
- Death and Eternal Recurrence
- Death in Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
- When Death Is There, We Are Not: Epicurus on Pleasure and Death
- The Badness of Death and the Goodness of Life
- The Symmetry Problem
- The Timing Problem
- Death, Value, and Desire
- Death and Rational Emotion
- Retroactive Harms and Wrongs
- The Makropulos Case RevisitedReflections on Immortality and Agency
- The Wrongness of Killing and the Badness of Death
- Abortion and Death
- The Morality of Killing in War: Some Traditional and Nontraditional Views
- The Significance of Death for Animals
- Capital Punishment
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter, which examines the concept of eternal recurrence and its relation to death, also discusses the concepts of the recurrence in linear time, closed time, and the objective and subjective perspectives in eternal recurrence. It provides arguments to show that eternal recurrence is both desirable and possible, and that it is the only intelligible version of eternal life even if it presupposes a rather nonstandard conception of time.
Lars Bergström is Emeritus Professor of Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University, where he also defended his doctoral dissertation The Alternatives and Consequences of Actions in 1966. Between 1974 and 1987 he was Professor of Practical Philosophy at Uppsala University and he is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. His main areas of interest are moral philosophy, philosophy of science, and the philosophy of W. V. Quine.
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