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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 6 HT08

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 6 HT08
Start Date 18th Feb 2008 4:30pm
End Date 18th Feb 2008 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Campbell Brown (Edinburgh), ‘How to Live a Life worth Living’ to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


Although ubiquitous in population ethics, the notion of a "life worth living" resists easy analysis. Intuitively, one wants to say that a life is worth living just in case living it is better than living no life at all. On reflection, though, this seems mysterious. To live no life at all is simply not to exist, to be nothing. But then it seems we have an instance of the "better than" relation in which one of the relata is absent; we're trying to compare something, a life, with nothing. This paper proposes an analysis of lives worth living that avoids such mysterious comparisons

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