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Death and Nonexistence

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2019.10.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Palle Yourgrau, Death and Nonexistence, Oxford University Press, 2019, 212pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190247478. Reviewed by Steven Luper, Trinity University In this book, Palle Yourgrau describes a puzzle he calls the paradox of nonexistence, offers a solution which involves positing objects that have a form of reality distinct from existence, and spells out some ways his framework may be used. In particular, he applies his framework in interesting ways to some issues in the philosophy of death, including the question of whether nonexistence is bad for those who die, those who are not yet born, and those who will never actually exist. The paradox of nonexistence Yourgrau traces back to Parmenides of Elea, and expresses in the words of W. V. Quine: "Nonbeing must in some sense be, otherwise what is it that there is not?" The paradox arises when we... Read More

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