The Worst Time to Die

Ben Bradley
2008 Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy  
I. TWO DEATHS At what stage of life is it worst for a person to die? Here are two fictional examples to help frame the question. Baby. A three-week-old baby, Baby, dies in an accident. Had Baby not died then, he would have enjoyed a happy childhood and adolescence, gone to college, entered a PhD program in philosophy, become a professional philosopher, and lived an enjoyable life until dying at age 80. Student. A 23-year-old philosophy graduate student, Student, dies in an accident after a
more » ... cident after a happy childhood and adolescence. Had Student not died then, he would have become a professional philosopher and lived an enjoyable life until dying at age 80.
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