Death - Issues of Mortality

  • April 23, 2011 · 11:00 AM
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Shelly Kagan, Clark Professor of Philosophy, Yale University

Lecture 1 - Course introduction

Professor Kagan introduces the course and the material that will be covered during the semester. He aims to clarify what the class will focus on in particular and which subjects it will steer away from. The emphasis will be placed on philosophical questions that arise when one contemplates the nature of death. The first half of the course will address metaphysical questions while the second half will focus on value theory.

Lecture 1 transcript, audio, and video online

Complete Course Syllabus from the original class at Yale. It contains various references, including the following texts that are suggested reading for this college course. All are available online for free.

Plato, Phaedo
John Perry, A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality
Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych

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  • Brian B

    Good start to an interesting topic. Thanks for all the great comments from everyone!

    April 24, 2011

  • Clay W.

    Well, we get some tips on what to pack.

    April 23, 2011

  • Leonard H.

    Here's a nice little song about death for y'all to listen to for tomorrow:

    April 22, 2011

  • Leonard H.

    What, Clay, is the point in watching a video lecture series philosophizing on DEATH? I mean, really, why speculate when we shall KNOW so SOON?

    April 22, 2011

  • Clay W.

    Leonard, resistance is futile. (Unless we have some major medical breakthroughs...)

    April 22, 2011

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