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Anthony Brueckner and John Martin Fischer, "Why is Death Bad?"

  1. Who argues that the asymmetry of our attitudes towards prenatal nonexistence and posthumous nonexistence is irrational?
      a. Thomas Nagel
      b. Brueckner and Fischer
      c. Lucretius
      d. Derek Parfit
  2. What is the asymmetry that Brueckner and Fischer try to account for?
      a. The asymmetry of our life and death
      b. The asymmetry of the pleasure of life and the pain of death
      c. The asymmetry of our attitudes towards prenatal nonexistence and posthumous nonexistence
      d. The asymmetry of our attitudes towards the goodness of life and the badness of death.
  3. According to Brueckner and Fischer, why is death bad?
      a. Because it is painful.
      b. Because it deprives us of the future goods that we care about.
      c. Because we potentially have to spend eternity in hell.
      d. Because it is an experiential blank.
  4. How does Brueckner and Fischer's answer differ from that of Thomas Nagel?
      a. Brueckner and Fischer do not think that the badness of death can be satisfactorily explained by appealing to an experiential blank.
      b. Brueckner and Fischer do think that the badness of death can be satisfactorily explained by appealing to an experiential blank.
      c. Brueckner and Fischer do not think that the badness of death is relevantly similar to the goodness of pleasure.
      d. Brueckner and Fischer do think that the badness of death is relevantly similar to the goodness of pleasure.
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