AN INTRODUCTION TO IMMORTALIST MORALITY
The desire for immortality is one of the deepest, most endur-
ing dreams of humanity. But is it a noble dream? Advanced
technologies such as biotech, nanotech and infotech appear
to hold great promise for extending human life spans and
restoring youth at some point in the not-too-distant future.
But even assuming that radical life extension is possible, some
people find the idea disturbing. There are philosophers who
argue that the quest for immortality is morally wrong, that we
should accept aging and death as a necessary part of life. In this
essay an argument for the opposite conclusion is presented.
It shall be argued that not only is the quest for immortality
morally good, it is in fact the very foundation of morality!
Any theory of morality has to begin somewhere. We shall
here begin with something known as moral intuitionism.
Moral intuitionism is the idea that some moral precepts are
understood through direct conscious awareness, rather than
through logical arguments. Appealing to the intuition of read-
ers then, the proposed starting precept is very straightforward:
life is better than death.