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By 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

A Real Eye-Opener

An incredible class that truly pushes oneself to approach the nature of death and the meaning that life can have in not just a different perspective but also in the perspectives of many others before us and with us. This class also helped me in a difficult time and I am really glad to have taken it in its entirety. I definitely recommend this class to anyone brave enough to revolutionize their thinking on the matter and come to cherish their existence.

Find a different professor

The professor giving the lecture on Plato and the soul wasted the time of his students and at their great expense.


Wow does this man like to grace his reasoning across a stage assuming you’re still listening. He is obviously manically delighted by his own thoughts, the kind of man who could exist alone in a room as long as he could hear his own voice.
He’s exhausting. What’s worse is he thinks he’s being profound. And you may foolishly mistake his energy for an academic fervor towards the gems of truth. When his conclusions arrive, however, you’re left holding a pebble. I’d just stick it in your ear to mute this inflated little man.