The bearing on death, according to Williams, is, first, that peoplehave good reason to condemn a death that is premature in the sensethat it thwarts their categorical desires. Second, mortality is good,since people who live long enough eventually will lose the categoricaldesires with which they identify. Life will lose its novelty, andoppressive boredom will set in. To avoid ennui, superseniors wouldhave to replace their fundamental desires, again and again. But thisis to abandon their identities; it is tantamount to death.


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