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Uploaded on Sep 30, 2008

Death (PHIL 176)

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.

00:00 - Chapter 1. What This Class Is NOT, and What This Class Is
06:38 - Chapter 2. Common Views on Death Are Wrong: How This Class Is Taught
14:20 - Chapter 3. Course Requirements, Materials, and Format
21:03 - Chapter 4. On Grading Thoughts on Death
38:50 - Chapter 5. Student Evaluations and Invitation

Complete course materials are available at the Yale Online website: online.yale.edu

This course was recorded in Spring 2007.

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  1. 1. Course introduction

  2. 2

    2. The nature of persons: dualism vs. physicalism

  3. 3

    3. Arguments for the existence of the soul, Part I

  4. 4

    4. Introduction to Plato's Phaedo; Arguments for the existence of the soul, Part II

  5. 5

    5. Arguments for the existence of the soul, Part III: Free will and near-death experiences

  6. 6

    6. Arguments for the existence of the soul, Part IV; Plato, Part I

  7. 7

    7. Plato, Part II: Arguments for the immortality of the soul

  8. 8

    8. Plato, Part III: Arguments for the immortality of the soul (cont.)

  9. 9

    9. Plato, Part IV: Arguments for the immortality of the soul (cont.)

  10. 10

    10. Personal identity, Part I: Identity across space and time and the soul theory

  11. 11

    11. Personal identity, Part II: The body theory and the personality theory

  12. 12

    12. Personal identity, Part III: Objections to the personality theory

  13. 13

    13. Personal identity, Part IV; What matters?

  14. 14

    14. What matters (cont.); The nature of death, Part I

  15. 15

    15. The nature of death (cont.); Believing you will die

  16. 16

    16. Dying alone; The badness of death, Part I

  17. 17

    17. The badness of death, Part II: The deprivation account

  18. 18

    18. The badness of death, Part III; Immortality, Part I

  19. 19

    19. Immortality Part II; The value of life, Part I

  20. 20

    20. The value of life, Part II; Other bad aspects of death, Part I

  21. 21

    21. Other bad aspects of death, Part II

  22. 22

    22. Fear of death

  23. 23

    23. How to live given the certainty of death

  24. 24

    24. Suicide, Part I: The rationality of suicide

  25. 25

    25. Suicide, Part II: Deciding under uncertainty

  26. 26

    26. Suicide, Part III: The morality of suicide and course conclusion


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