The Good Death

Wed, Apr 18

Are some ways of dying better or worse than others?  How should a rational person prepare for mortality?  In this class we will consider arguments about whether death is in fact bad for us (the Epicureans thought not).  And we will consider whether it is rational to want your life to extend infinitely.

Key Concepts: the Lucretian symmetry argument, the deprivation account

Read This:

  1. Death (Thomas Nagel)
  2. Why I Hope to Die at 75 (The Atlantic)
  3. OPTIONAL: What Does It Mean to Die? (The New Yorker)

Do This:

  1. Four Questions on Death (4Q22)
  2. REMINDER: Apology TED Talks will start in Dialogue groups on 4/23.
  3. REMINDER: Complete Apology Rough Draft is due Friday, 4/27.

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