Yale Course , Prof. Shelly Kagan

Lecture 1: Course introduction

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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.

Course Description :

Course introduction - The nature of persons: dualism vs. physicalism - Arguments for the existence of the soul - Introduction to Plato's Phaedo; Arguments for the existence of the soul - Free will and near - death experiences-Plato,Arguments for the immortality of the soul - Personal identity: Identity across space and time and the soul theory - Personal identity, Part II: The body theory and the personality theory - Objections to the personality theory - What matters - The nature of death Believing you will die - Dying alone; The badness of death - The badness of death: The deprivation account - Immortality,The value of life - The value of life Other bad aspects of death - Fear of death - How to live given the certainty of death - Suicide, Part I: The rationality of suicide - Deciding under uncertainty - The morality of suicide and course conclusion

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