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Death - Audio

By Professor Shelly Kagan

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(PHIL 176) There is one thing I can be sure of: I am going to die. But what am I to make of that fact? This course will examine a number of issues that arise once we begin to reflect on our mortality. The possibility that death may not actually be the end is considered. Are we, in some sense, immortal? Would immortality be desirable? Also a clearer notion of what it is to die is examined. What does it mean to say that a person has died? What kind of fact is that? And, finally, different attitudes to death are evaluated. Is death an evil? How? Why? Is suicide morally permissible? Is it rational? How should the knowledge that I am going to die affect the way I live my life? This class was recorded in Spring 2007.

Customer Reviews

Outstanding discussion of the issues!

Extensive and thorough discussion of death, including rational suicide.
Presented in a manner that even the layperson appreciate.


it is really great
change my view of my life
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This course was very captivating and eye opening. I think of life and death in an entirely new light now. Kagen is very enthusiastic and does an excellent job considering many different angles of the same situation and explaining each one of them step by step.