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Yale Professor Shelly Kagan on Death

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Co-hosted by Yale Center Beijing, Guokr, and MOOC.

Time and Location

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Registration: 7:00 - 7:30pm
Remarks and Discussion: 7:30 - 8:30pm

Moderator: Carol Li Rafferty (Yale '00), Managing Director, Yale Center Beijing

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong'anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees

Purchase in advance: RMB 15 for students; RMB 60 for others.
Purchase at the door: RMB 100.

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The Event

If we do not understand life, how can we understand death?
- Confucius

The one aim of those who practice philosophy in the proper manner is to practice for dying and death.
- Plato

Is death really the end? What philosophical mysteries lie therein?
Why do some say that eternal life is a bad thing?
How does knowing that we will one day die affect our day-to-day life now?
Is our limited, finite life in fact more valuable because of death?

Shelley Kagan, lecturer of the hugely popular Yale Open course “Death”, will lead us as we explore and reason about life's most important issue.


The language of the event will be English, with simultaneous translation provided.

The Speaker(s)

Shelly Kagan
The Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, and lecturer of Yale Open Course “Death”

Shelly Kagan is the Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Kagan's main research interests lie in moral philosophy, and in particular, normative ethics. Much of his work centers on the debate between consequentialist and deontological moral theories, with publications on the nature of well-being, moral desert, utopia, and the connections between Kantianism and consequentialism.

Kagan is a popular lecturer at Yale, known for his introductory lectures on Death and Ethics. His course on Death has been turned into an Open Yale Course, which is particularly popular in China and Korea. Death, a book based on this course, has been a national bestseller in South Korea.


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