PHI132 - Death


This module is mainly about death itself (whereas PHI125 is mainly about killing). What is death? What happens to us when we die? Could there be an afterlife? Would it be a good thing if there were? What is it about death that we dislike so much, or that makes it bad? Is it rational, or even possible, to fear death? What is the right attitude towards our own death? Do we have moral duties towards the dead? The course will clarify these questions and attempt to answer them. Readings will be taken from both historical and contemporary sources.


Eric Olson

Lectures: Spring Semester 2016-17

Thurs 3-4