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Schopenhauer is portrayed as the philosopher of pessimism, and for good reason. For him, life is suffering where 'ultimately death must triumph' (The World as Will and Representation vol. I, 311). However, his pessimism fades away when he contemplates death. He argues enthusiastically that, far from being an evil, death is in fact a friend we should welcome. Moreover, he believes it is possible for human beings to use their knowledge to fight the fear of death. Interestingly, however, at thedoi:10.12681/bioeth.24835 fatcat:53ntxt2635eldohvt67rtlvakm