Some ways of dealing with a threatened evil will be self-defeating, in the sense that the response is no better for us, or even worse, than the evil it prevents. A way of adapting to death might be self-defeating in precisely the same way. Perhaps, however, we can adapt to death by suitably modifying our interests, and do so in a way that is not self-defeating. I will call this claim the adaptation thesis. Elsewhere, I have argued against it. In this chapter, I reinforce that conclusion.
James Stacey Taylor
Oxford University Press
Luper, S. (2013). Adaptation. In J.S. Taylor (Eds.), The metaphysics and ethics of death: New essays pp. 100-117. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
The Metaphysics and Ethics of Death: New Essays