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A good deal of the literature on Lucretius' discussion of death has tended to dwell, ahistorically, upon the soundness of his symmetry argument, with most of the controversy centering around the question of whether prevital and postmortem states of nonexistence are really symmetrical. I recommend taking a more historical approach by focusing on the consistency of Lucretius' argument that death is permanent. In his defense of this claim, Lucretius entertains hypothetical scenarios wherein thefatcat:aj2jqly4cfa5vndd3l325gy4ey