Can we Reconcile Axiological Nihilism and Pessimism: A Response to Prescott and Benatar on the Nature of Pessimism
- Axiological Nihilism,
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It is commonly assumed that indifferentism, which includes axiological nihilism, is incompatible with pessimism because of the perceived conflict between a lack of objective value and a claim of objectively poor quality of existence. In this paper I will examine Benatar and Prescott’s views on what characterizes pessimism, as well as Benatar’s arguments for the badness of death, and attempt to apply similar arguments to life to find a way to argue that even though nothing is objective bad, the quality of our existences are still generally poor. I offer several non-objective pessimist arguments, including that indifferentism can be itself a source of badness in our lives.