“Life,” “death,” and “immortality” are perhaps the ultimate “big questions” confronting human beings. Humans are aware of their mortality; they are able to reflect on the fragility and the value of life and to ponder the possibilities of an afterlife. This class will explore multiple approaches to these questions. We begin with a consideration of the religious, literary and philosophic answers set out in antiquity. Then we turn to the modern era and consider these issues from both philosophical and scientific perspectives.
Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes: Credit given for this course or PHI 103, not both.