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by Yale University

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Course Description

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?

Customer Reviews

Highly recommended

Great lecturer - I highly recommend it for anyone interested in philosophy or simply in the topic. The lecturer takes his time explaining concepts that can be difficult to grasp at first.

Thank You

Honestly, this lecture helped me put to rest my consistent fear of death.
I discovered several points that eased my depression about my own mortality.
Thank you Dr. Kagan

Fabulous intro to a lot of important philosophy

Shelly Kagan's course isn't really about death and it certainly isn't morbid. He covers a lot of fascinating philosophical questions that are easy for non-specialists - indeed, pretty much anyone who like to think deep thoughts - to grapple with. Things like, do souls exist; is the mind just an aspect of the body; what is consciousness and what is free will. If you've done reading on these things before the course may move too slowly but it will still be entertaining. Highly recommended.

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