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Philosophy: PHIL:Approach to Death&Dyin

PHIL 096 WQ1 (CRN: 14719)

2 Credit Hours

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Michael Ashooh ()


Wintersession online course Credit not awarded for more than one PHIL course below 100 except PHIL 013.

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Section Description

Philosophical Approaches to Death and Dying will begin by examining some of the traditional philosophical approaches to the topic of death and dying. We will begin with some ancient arguments regarding the nature of death and whether it should be feared, and that philosophy endeavors to teach one how to die. We will then move on to some contemporary debates regarding these arguments, their role in philosophical reflection, and what they are meant to teach us about what are attitudes toward death should be. We will explore how philosophical reflections on the nature of death and dying might help us to both live better and die better. Next we will consider other contemporary debates related to this topic regarding whether life after death would be desirable, how knowledge of our eventual death influences how we live and our self-conception, and the possibility of life after death. We will conclude with a discussion of end of life decision making and the ethical implications regarding how we decide to confront our own deaths and the deaths of others.

Section Expectation

Hours per day: You should expect to put about 5 hours of work into this course per day on average. This includes time to read the assignments, time to participate in the online portions of the course and time for other writing assignments. Some days may require more and some less, but the work requirements will be significant and we will move very quickly through the material. Discussion: I expect everyone to make at least one post per module and to respond to at least one of your classmates posts per module, which totals 10 posts (5 per module). However, as explained below, you must make an additional 3 mosts. That means you can expect to write at least 13 posts for the course. At least one of your own posts and one of your response posts should be substantial. Journal Reflections: I expect everyone to make 5 Personal Reflection journal entries in this course. Instructions are given below and within the course modules where they are expected. The style of writing may be informal, but I expect them to be well-written (no shorthand or slang) and clearly expressed. Quizzes: You will take periodically scheduled quizzes online. The link to the quizzes appears in the module as a folder, usually just below the lecture or journal assignment description. Click on the link and you will be taken to the online quiz. The quizzes are essentially reading quizzes and cover material from the text and lectures. They are objective questions (i.e., multiple choice and true/false). You may use any resources that you would like to complete the quizzes; however, you only have 25 minutes to complete 20 questions. Once you begin the quiz, you must complete it in 25 minutes. You can only take the quiz on the day assigned for them; the link will close after that. Make sure you don't forget the due dates and times for quizzes; once it closes, your opportunity to take it is over.


Grades will be calculated in the following way: Regular participation in Discussion Boards: 25% Writing in your Philosophical Reflections Journal: 30% Final paper: 30% Online quizzes 15%


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