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PHIL 176: Death (Spring 2007, Open Yale Courses). Instructor: Professor Shelly Kagan. 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?

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – Course Introduction Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – The Nature of Persons: Dualism vs. Physicalism Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Arguments for the Existence of the Soul, Part I Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Introduction to Plato’s Phaedo; Arguments for the Existence of the Soul, Part II Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Arguments for the Existence of the Soul, Part III Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Arguments for the Existence of the Soul, Part IV; Plato, Part I Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Plato, Part II: Arguments for the Immortality of the Soul Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Plato, Part III: Arguments for the Immortality of the Soul (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Plato, Part IV: Arguments for the Immortality of the Soul (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Personal Identity, Part I: Identity across Space and Time and the Soul Theory Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Personal Identity, Part II: The Body Theory and the Personality Theory Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Personal Identity, Part III: Objections to the Personality Theory Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Personal Identity, Part IV; What Matters? Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – What Matters (cont.); The Nature of Death, Part I Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – The Nature of Death (cont.); Believing You will Die Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Dying Alone; The Badness of Death, Part I Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – The Badness of Death, Part II: The Deprivation Account Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – The Badness of Death, Part III; Immortality, Part I Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Immortality Part II; The Value of Life, Part I Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – The Value of Life, Part II; Other Bad Aspects of Death, Part I Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Other Bad Aspects of Death, Part II Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Fear of Death Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – How to Live Given the Certainty of Death Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Suicide, Part I: The Rationality of Suicide Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – Suicide, Part II: Deciding under Uncertainty Unlimited

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