Death is No Concern to Us | According to Epicurus


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Is the fear of death inevitable? In the classic Denial of Death, Ernest Becker stressed, “The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is a mainspring of human activity — designed largely to avoid the fatality of death.”

Although 2,000 years before Becker, the philosopher Epicurus asked, “Why should I fear death? If I am, then death is not. If Death is, then I am not.” [...]

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