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Lecture: "18. The Badness of Death, Part III and Immortality, Part I"Add to Queue

Course :  Death with Shelly Kagan

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  • Date posted : Jan 01, 1970

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The discussion of the badness of death continues as Professor Kagan asks whether it is bad that we do not exist before our birth. The views of a number of contemporary philosophers-- such as Tom Nagle, Fred Feldman, and Derek Parfit--are introduced. Then Professor Kagan turns to the subject of immortality. Would it be desirable to live forever, and if so, under what circumstances might one enjoy such a prolonged existence? The lecture concludes with Bernard Williams' take on immortality, which posits that no kind of human life can continue to be enjoyable and attractive for eternity. Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

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