Many people seem to fear death, but philosophers such as Socrates and Epicurus would argue that death is something that should not be feared. Socrates believes death is either nothingness, or something involving an afterlife (Plato, p. 8), whereas Epicurus argues that one shouldn't worry about death, because death is simply a termination of consciousness, which is neither good nor bad, where there is no awareness of pain or of pleasure(Jackman 2006 (1)). This essay will examine both Socrates and Epicurus' views as to why death should not be feared, and will also express my personal opinion on which I found most convincing.
Socrates' argument that we should not fear death comes from the premises that death is either nothingness, or involves an
He says an endless sleep should not be feared because it is enjoyable and pleasing. He argues that when we have deep sleeps we wake up refreshed and content therefore an endless sleep cannot be bad (
Aside from the possibility of death being an endless sleep, Socrates suggests an alternate possibility, that death involves some form of