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Fear of Death and Epicurean Philosophy

Charon, the ferryman of Hades carrying souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx.

In his famous letter to Menoeceus, the philosopher Epicurus argues that we should become accustomed to the belief that death means nothing to us. That the fear of death is an irrational source of anxiety in our lives and serves no purpose in a life of happiness.

This article explores the fears associated with death (of being dead, dying too early and the process of dying) and attempts to provide the associated Epicurean response.

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