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dc.contributor.advisorMcConnell, Sean
dc.contributor.authorMoate, Jacqueline
dc.date.available2021-01-24T20:32:25Z
dc.date.copyright2021
dc.identifier.citationMoate, J. (2021). Alleviating Death Anxiety in Epicureanism (Thesis, Master of Arts). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/10638en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/10638
dc.description.abstractEradicating the fear of death is a central concern in Epicurean philosophy. As hedonists, the Epicureans seek to pursue pleasure and avoid pain in order to achieve a life of eudaimonia. The fear of death is viewed as a particularly damaging form of mental pain, and the Epicureans go to great lengths to demonstrate that it is, in fact, irrational. The ‘fear of death’ is a relatively broad term. It not only encompasses the fear of being dead, but also the fear of dying, the fear of mortality, and the fear of premature death. How adequately the Epicureans address each of these fears has been the subject of much debate. I argue that the Epicureans do successfully recognise and abolish these four strands of anxiety. They use a network of arguments to combat the multi-faceted nature of the fear of death. A close examination of these arguments reveals that they are deeply entrenched in the Epicureans’ underlying physical and ethical theories. The individual arguments each form one part of a holistic attempt to remove the fear that is seen to obstruct a life of pleasure. As such, the arguments must not be viewed independently, but rather as a collective whole. I demonstrate that the Epicurean efforts to alleviate death-related concerns are comprehensive, cogent, and internally consistent. Therefore, when Epicureanism is embraced as a whole, the fundamental goal of a pleasurable life that free from the fear of death is entirely attainable.
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dc.subjectEpicureanism
dc.subjectGreek Philosophy
dc.subjectFear of Death
dc.subjectSymmetry
dc.titleAlleviating Death Anxiety in Epicureanism
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2021-01-22T06:00:13Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineClassics
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
otago.evidence.presentYes
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