Wednesday, 11 January 2012

26 Lectures on Death with 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?"

This Yale University Course, consisting on 26 lectures on the philosophy of death, looks amazing. And it is all available for free on YouTube and the Academic Earth site.

Below is the introductory session and a list of course modules - for which there are even a full set of transcripts:

1.            Philosophy of Death
22.        Fear of Death
26.        Suicide, Part III: The Morality of Suicide and Course Conclusion

Thank you Yale and Shelly Kagan!

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