Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

Typically offered:

Upon occasion

This course philosophically explores the concepts of death, dying, killing, and life. Topics include the soul, the afterlife, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, evolving medical definitions of life and death, hospice and end-of-life care, the ethics of killing, biotechnologies, and cross-cultural conceptions of death and grief. Although this course is primarily grounded in the Western philosophical and bioethical traditions, we will also consider non-Western perspectives in an effort to both clarify and complicate our conceptions of death and dying. The purpose of this course is not to articulate conclusive answers, but rather to compel students to think philosophically about the many profound questions that arise in the face of death. This is a discussion-based course and students should be prepared to engage and discuss challenging philosophical literature. Students will be evaluated on the basis of weekly writing assignments, a midterm, a final, and class participation.



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