Event Detail

Thu Nov 3, 2022
Howison Library
4–6 PM
Philosophy Colloquium
Shelly Kagan
Death, Deprivation, and Rational Regret

Is death a bad thing? According to the deprivation account, death is bad because the dead don’t get the various goods that they would have if only they were still alive. But it’s not normally a misfortune when a merely possible good doesn’t come your way. Bill Gates didn’t write you a check for a million dollars today, but it would be silly to be upset at that. So how can death actually be bad? This talk will explore a promising answer.