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12/7 – Ben Bradley, “How to Feel About Death” @ Brooklyn Public Philosophers
Dec 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
“Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.” – Herodotus
“Those who welcome death have only tried it from the ears up.” – Wilson Mizner
Maybe philosophy isn’t, as Plato thought, the practice of death, but we can certainly turn to philosophy to help figure out what to make of our mortality. On Wednesday, December 7th at 7:00 P.M., Ben Bradley (Syracuse University) is coming to Brooklyn Public Philosophers to share some of his work on the subject. Here’s a bit more about the talk, in Dr. Bradley’s own words:
“How to Feel About Death”
This talk will raise philosophical questions about death, such as: what makes death bad for the individual who dies? Is it worse for someone to die as an infant or as a young adult? What attitudes towards death are appropriate – is fear an appropriate response? I’ll defend the view that death is bad for its victim in virtue of what it deprives them of; that deaths are worse the earlier they occur; and that terror at future nonexistence is not warranted but other negative emotions, like disappointment, are warranted.
Tell your friends! Bring a date! Bring someone with whom you’ve discussed how your mortality shapes how you live!
See you there, I hope!