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Lec 20 - The value of life, Part II; Other bad aspects of death, Part I

"Lec 20 - The value of life, Part II; Other bad aspects of death, Part I" Death (PHIL 176) Lecture 20 continues the discussion of the value of life. It considers the neutral container theory, which holds that the value of life is simply a function of its contents, both pleasant and painful, and contrasts this with the valuable container theory, which assigns value to being alive itself. The lecture then turns to a consideration of some of the other aspects of death that may contribute to the badness of death. Among the issues addressed are the inevitability, variability and unpredictability of death. 00:00 - Chapter 1. What's Missing from the Experience Machine? 05:57 - Chapter 2. The Neutral and Valuable Container Theories: What about Life Is Valuable? 17:05 - Chapter 3. The Fantastic Valuable Container Theory: The Contents Really Matter 26:56 - Chapter 4. Is Deprivation the Only Badness of Death? Consideration of Inevitability 35:16 - Chapter 5. Variability and Unpredictability of Death 43:59 - Chapter 6. Can an Ideal Life Be Planned? Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2007.

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Lec 1 - Course introduction

Lec 2 - The nature of persons: dualism vs. physicalism

Lec 3 - Arguments for the existence of the soul, Part I

Lec 4 - Introduction to Plato's Phaedo; Arguments for the existence of the soul, Part II

Lec 5 - Arguments for the existence of the soul, Part III: Free will and near-death experiences

Lec 6 - Arguments for the existence of the soul, Part IV; Plato, Part I

Lec 7 - Plato, Part II: Arguments for the immortality of the soul

Lec 8 - Plato, Part III: Arguments for the immortality of the soul (cont.)

Lec 9 - Plato, Part IV: Arguments for the immortality of the soul (cont.)

Lec 10 - Personal identity, Part I: Identity across space and time and the soul theory

Lec 11 - Personal identity, Part II: The body theory and the personality theory

Lec 12 - Personal identity, Part III: Objections to the personality theory

Lec 13 - Personal identity, Part IV; What matters?

Lec 14 - What matters (cont.); The nature of death, Part I

Lec 15 - The nature of death (cont.); Believing you will die

Lec 16 - Dying alone; The badness of death, Part I

Lec 17 - The badness of death, Part II: The deprivation account

Lec 18 - The badness of death, Part III; Immortality, Part I

Lec 19 - Immortality Part II; The value of life, Part I

Lec 21 - Other bad aspects of death, Part II

Lec 22 - Fear of death

Lec 23 - How to live given the certainty of death

Lec 24 - Suicide, Part I: The rationality of suicide

Lec 25 - Suicide, Part II: Deciding under uncertainty

Lec 26 - Suicide, Part III: The morality of suicide and course conclusion

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