Lesson 1
Feldman & Parfit on Nonexistence Before Life
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Prof. Kagan Shelly, PHIL 176 Death, Spring 2007, YALE Open Courses: Yale University, Philosophy http://oyc.yale.edu/philosophy/phil-176/lecture-18 Accessed 14/09/2014, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

The discussion of the badness of death continues by asking 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 one might 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.


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