The nature of death (continued); Believing you will die
Kagan (Shelly)
Source: Open Yale Courses, 2007
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  1. The lecture explores the question of the state of being dead.
  2. Even though the most logical claim seems to be that when a person stops P-functioning he or she is dead, a more careful consideration must allow for exceptions, such as when one is asleep or in a coma.
  3. Professor Kagan then suggests that on some level nobody believes that he or she is going to die. As a case in point, he takes Tolstoy's famous character Ivan Ilych.

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