Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Winter School: Philosophy of Death and Dying

February 15th-18th 2016 Forum Scientiarum
with Prof. Dr. Sami Pihlström, Professor of Philosophy of Religion, University of Helsinki, Research Fellow am FORUM SCIENTIARUM

Application deadline: 15. December 2015
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When exploring issues in the philosophy of death and dying, we should keep in mind that human mortality is a strongly interdisciplinary topic relevant to a number of academic disciplines (e.g., medicine, biology, philosophy, theology, religious studies, history, art and literature, law, social sciences, gender studies, education, psychology, and other fields). The interdisciplinary nature of this problem area is concretized in special problem areas or “grand challenges” such as aging, the global climate change, the significance of embodiment and human bodily vulnerability, etc. However, even though the field is interdisciplinary, the philosophical core of the various approaches to death and mortality should also be investigated. While interdisciplinary inquiries into death and dying are fundamentally important for an enhanced understanding of the human condition, such inquiries seem to presuppose philosophical reflection on the basic conceptual, metaphysical, and ethical problems underlying these notions. From a philosophical perspective, death, dying, and mortality raise a number of conceptual issues that need elucidation and clarification, both systematically and historically. These include at least the following:

The one-week-long winter school, intended to both doctoral students and advanced undergraduates, will consist of a series of lectures, based on a book manuscript in progress (tentatively titled Death and Finitude: Toward a Pragmatic Transcendental Anthropology of Human Limits and Mortality), as well as short presentations by the course participants.