Event Details

Co-hosted by Yale Center Beijing, Guokr, and MOOC.

Event Description

If we do not understand life, how can we understand death?
- Confucius

The one aim of those who practice philosophy in the proper manner is to practice for dying and death.
- Plato

Is death really the end? What philosophical mysteries lie therein?
Why do some say that eternal life is a bad thing?
How does knowing that we will one day die affect our day-to-day life now?
Is our limited, finite life in fact more valuable because of death?

Shelley Kagan, lecturer of the hugely popular Yale Open course “Death”, will lead us as we explore and reason about life’s most important issue.

Event Language

The language of the event will be English, with simultaneous translation provided.

Registration and Payment

Purchase in advance: RMB 15 for students; RMB 60 for others.
Purchase at the door: RMB 100.

To facilitate a more meaningful discussion, please submit your question for Professor Kagan when you register online. We also strongly encourage you to read Dr. Kagan’s book Death, or watch the open course “Death” online in advance. We will give away 8 free copies of the book (Chinese version) to registrants who submit the most thoughtful questions or participants who contribute most to the discussion.

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7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Remarks and Discussion
Moderator: Carol Li Rafferty


  • Shelly Kagan (Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, and lecturer of Yale Open Course “Death”)

    Shelly Kagan

    Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, and lecturer of Yale Open Course “Death”

    Shelly Kagan is the Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Kagan’s main research interests lie in moral philosophy, and in particular, normative ethics. Much of his work centers on the debate between consequentialist and deontological moral theories, with publications on the nature of well-being, moral desert, utopia, and the connections between Kantianism and consequentialism.

    Kagan is a popular lecturer at Yale, known for his introductory lectures on Death and Ethics. His course on Death has been turned into an Open Yale Course, which is particularly popular in China and Korea. Death, a book based on this course, has been a national bestseller in South Korea.

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  • Carol Li Rafferty  (Managing Director, Yale Center Beijing, Yale '00)

    Carol Li Rafferty

    Managing Director, Yale Center Beijing, Yale '00


Student Ticket

Please present valid student ID upon arrival.

Standard Price RMB 15
Standard Ticket
Standard Price RMB 60

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