Philosophy of Death & Dying

PHIL 283S

Philosophy of Death & Dying. This course will explore philosophical questions about the nature of death and end-of-life ethics. First we will consider metaphysical questions about the nature of death and dying. Next we will examine the psychological attitudes we have toward death and dying, and whether these attitudes are rational responses to our mortality. Finally, we will consider a range of ethical questions at the end of life, including virtues in the face of dying, whether suicide is permissible, and how to “die well.” A primary aim of the course will be to encourage students to reflect on mortality and ethical dilemmas involved at the end of life.
Curriculum Codes
  • EI
  • W
  • CZ
Typically Offered
Occasionally