“Philosophy is difficult and the difficult thing is to make it look easy; fiction is easy and the easy thing is to make it look difficult (the difficult thing is to make it interesting without making it difficult).” Discuss.


Why is death bad? Not for the same reason life is–that it contains bad experiences; it contains no experiences. The badness of death consists in the removal of all intentionality, not its suffusion by bad intentional objects. This has the implication that a consciousness without intentionality, as may be supposed for the early fetus, has no value. It isn’t sentience as such that confers value but sentience combined with (determinate) intentionality. A kind of super-Alzheimer’s that subtracted all intentionality from the subject would be tantamount to death, so far as value in concerned. On reflection, that sounds right.