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Williams, Nietzsche, and the meaninglessness of immortality

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In this essay I consider the argument that Bernard Williams advances in 'The Makropolus Case' for the meaninglessnss of immortality. I also consider various counter-arguments. I suggest that the more clearly these counter-arguments are targeted at the spirit of Williams's argument, rather than at its letter, the less clearly they pose a threat to it. I then turn to Nietzsche, whose views about the eternal recurrence might appear to make him an opponent of Williams. I argue that, properly interpreted, these views in fact make him an ally.
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10.1093/mind/fzl311

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Mind Journal website
Volume:
115
Issue:
458
Pages:
311-330
Publication date:
2006-04-05
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1460-2113
ISSN:
0026-4423
URN:
uuid:e40968d8-fb8b-4a95-be10-22705d9e3e51
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ora:3267
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English
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