Mark Question wrote:
or is there a "category error" when we look gaining from dead cats point of view AND from living cats point of view at the same time in sentence, as if they are the same thing, living or dead cat, if: "an entity doesn't gain or lose anyhing if it ceases to exist, because the entity no longer exists to gain or lose by comparison with prior conditions"? can dead cat gain anything? can suffering dying cat still gain something? would dead or alive cat seek suffer or avoid it? philosophical questions indeed. and is there any error in "dead cats point of view" also?
Euthanasia simply means a good death. I see no problem with goodness being associated with the cessation of live.
Death is the culmination and raison d'etre of life, having a good one has always been regarded as important.
As for your friend, I think this question has been answered on another thread.
Obviously a dead cat cannot gain, but a living cat can benefit from death when it is better to be dead than alive.
I think the confusion is based on a dual meaning of death; 1) The living process by which living ceases, 2) the idea of "being" dead which is impossible, because death is the negation of being.
PS. I think you mean category error, NOT catagory error.
A cat a gory error would be a cat getting into a gory state by being killed in a messy way.
That would be a CATastrophe.