Fear of Death
Webcast Q&A: 2 October 2011, Question 1
I answered a question on fear of death on 2 October 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Should death be feared? Why or why not? Also, why do most people fear death? How can a person overcome that, if ever?
My Answer, In Brief: A person actually facing own death might reasonably fear the pain of dying or regret that his life will be cut short. However, others should not fear those possibilities just because they might happen someday, nor ever fear what would happen in the fantasy of an afterlife.
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