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Death - Video

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.

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Shelly is fantastic and enlightening. I enjoyed every lecture. I completed the course with new ideas and new understandings. It was very rewarding.

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Kagan is a pleasure to listen to, interesting, and able to convey complex ideas at a pace that seems perfectly right. If you miss any ideas you can always replay them as well.

The sound quality is excellent. The video is not really necessary but is not distracting.

I'd highly recommend this course. It's a gift that such compelling material is free.

Wonderful and thorough!

An impressive presentation of the issues surrounding rational suicide, and a very thorough discussion of dear relevant factors in coming to such a decision. The professor provides a very approachable and easily understandable presentation.