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Who would deny that such acts can be great achievements? Ifindividual survival of death is impossible, then Dworkin is right tocast aside (as he does) the comedian Woody Allen’s aspiration to liveon forever, not in his work, but in his apartment. But do we know thatan individual afterlife is impossible? Later in this entry, we suggestthat ruling out an afterlife as impossible is philosophicallytenuous. Moreover, we suggest that the goods within the life thatDworkin describes invite us to consider whether human lives may bericher still if they do not end in oblivion and instead death marks atransition to a form of afterlife that some of the world religions envision.

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