Lesson 1
Can Imagining Death Work?
Start course

Prof. Kagan Shelly, PHIL 176 Death, Spring 2007, YALE Open Courses: Yale University, Philosophy http://oyc.yale.edu/philosophy/phil-176/lecture-15 Accessed 14/09/2014, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

The lecture explores the question of the state of being dead. Even though the most logical claim seems to be that when a person stops P-functioning he or she is dead, a more careful consideration must allow for exceptions, such as when one is asleep or in a coma. Professor Kagan then suggests that on some level nobody believes that he or she is going to die. As a case in point, he takes Tolstoy's famous character Ivan Ilych.


Suggested Courses