Prof. Kagan Shelly, PHIL 176 Death, Spring 2007, YALE Open Courses: Yale University, Philosophy http://oyc.yale.edu/philosophy/phil-176/lecture-16 Accessed 14/09/2014, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
Professor Kagan puts forward the claim that Tolstoy's character Ivan Ilych is quite the typical man in terms of his views on mortality. All of his life he has known that death is imminent but has never really believed it. When he suddenly falls ill and is about to die, the fact of his mortality shocks him. In trying to further access how people think about death, Professor Kagan explores the claim that "we all die alone," presents a variety of arguments against it and ends by considering whether the primary badness of death could lie in the effects on those who are left behind.