Well-being and death
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In this chapter, the author examines whether death is bad for people. He explores reasons to think that death is harm, or that it is not harm. The dead have none of the things that are good for people. There is no pleasure for the dead. Thus death is bad for them because they will lack these good things. One reason to doubt that they are harmed by death stems from the claim that when they are dead, they do not exist to suffer any harm and that makes harm impossible. The key is to think about the kinds of complaints that Beth could make about David's behaviour were it made known to her. The argument is valid only if the conclusion uses 'death' to refer to the same thing that 'death' refers to in the premises.