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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.

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Only just getting into it, but very clear and exceptionally interesting.

Wonderful course!!

Have just started reading Ernest Becker, and this was a great "companion" lecture to listen to in light of Becker's theories. Dr. Kagan is an energetic and dynamic speaker who keeps your attention, even in an audio lecture. I am very glad I found this series, and I enjoyed each lecture immensely.


I'd rather listen to this than talk to people while I drive