Death and dying
What makes it bad to die? Philosophical questions regarding death and dying typically focus on the definition of ‘death’ and on whether death harms the dead and, if it does, in what way. In additional to a rich historical literature in this field, contemporary questions in the philosophy of death include what harm is involved in the extinction of the human species and whether extending human life through technologies is necessarily a good thing.
- ‘Death is no leveler if some live much longer than others’ by Keith Frankish in Aeon, 10 December 2018.
- ‘Why is Death Bad?’ by Eric Olson in Aeon, 22 April 2016
Sample of Academic Writings
- Eric Olson (2019) ‘The Metaphysics of Artificial Intelligence’ in Consciousness and the Ontology of Properties, ed. M. Guta, Routledge.
- Eric Olson (2018) ‘Radical Resurrection and Divine Commands’ in Heaven and Philosophy, ed. S. Cushing, Rowman & Littlefield.
- Eric Olson (2017) ‘The Central Dogma of Transhumanism’ in Perspectives on the Self , ed. B. Bercic,, University of Rijeka.
- Eric Olson (2013) ‘The Epicurean View of Death’, Journal of Ethics 17, special issue: The Benefits and Harms of Existence and Non-Existence.
- Eric Olson (2015) ‘Life After Death and the Devastation of the Grave' in The Myth of an Afterlife, eds. M. Martin and K. Augustine, Rowman & Littlefield.
- James Lenman (2002) ‘On Becoming Extinct’, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 83 (3).
Related Learning Opportunities
Death is a first year module on death, immortality and the after-life.
Matters of Life and Death is a first year module that touches on the issue of how death but mainly focuses on the rights and wrongs of killing.
Religion and the Good Life is a second year module which investigates the significance of various religious traditions and their respective beliefs about the after-life with regards to living a good life.