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