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Sherry F. Colb and Michael C. Dorf

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175142

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175142.001.0001

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Death Versus Suffering

Death Versus Suffering

Chapter:
(p.96) 4 Death Versus Suffering
Source:
Beating Hearts
Author(s):

Sherry F. Colb

Michael C. Dorf

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231175142.003.0005

Sentience grounds not only a right against the infliction of suffering but a right to continued existence. Contrary to an argument traceable to Epicurus, even a painless death can be harmful, but if the argument is correct, it provides no special ground for the killing of animals, as the argument applies equally to humans.

Keywords:   Epicurus, Epicurean, Coma, Welfare, Potential, Suffering

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