This page features a collection of the best resources on the philosophy of death. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview of the idea of death:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Death. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 17,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the idea of death:
“This article considers several questions concerning death and its ramifications.
First, what constitutes death? It is clear enough that people die when their lives end, but less clear what constitutes the ending of a person’s life.
Second, in what sense might death or posthumous events harm us? To answer this question, we will need to know what it is for something to be in our interests….”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Read Shelly Kagan’s article: Is Death Bad for You? [2500 words]
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
- Watch Wireless Philosophy’s animated video on the Symmetry Argument Against the Badness of Death [8:08 mins]
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
If you’d just like to casually browse a few quotes:
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Death
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