Daniel Fish and Andrew Dinwiddie to Create PHIL. 176 / OBIT, 3/22-4/5 at The Bushwick Starr

The Bushwick Starr will present a collaboration between stage and film director Daniel Fish and dance and theater artist Andrew Dinwiddie. Using nearly seven weeks of residency time at the Bushwick Starr, and in collaboration with actor T. Ryder Smith (War Horse, Passion Play) and designers Blanca Añón (ETERNAL, Owned) and Daniel Kluger (Nikolai and the Others, A Map of Virtue), they will create PHIL. 176 / OBIT, an episodic performance installation that draws simultaneously on the text of Shelly Kagan's renowned Yale College philosophy course, "PHIL 176: Death,"* and on current American obituaries and death notices.

The twenty-six lectures of Kagan's course will be presented in succession:

Lecture 1 Course Introduction

Lecture 2 The Nature of Persons: Dualism vs. Physicalism

Lecture 3 Arguments for the Existence of the Soul, Part I

Lecture 4 Introduction to Plato's Phaedo; Arguments for the Existence of the Soul, Part II

Lecture 5 Arguments for the Existence of the Soul, Part III: Free Will and Near-Death Experiences

Lecture 6 Arguments for the Existence of the Soul, Part IV; Plato, Part I

Lecture 7 Plato, Part II: Arguments for the Immortality of the Soul

Lecture 8 Plato, Part III: Arguments for the Immortality of the Soul (cont.)

Lecture 9 Plato, Part IV: Arguments for the Immortality of the Soul (cont.)

Lecture 10 Personal Identity, Part I: Identity Across Space and Time and the Soul Theory

Lecture 11 Personal Identity, Part II: The Body Theory and the Personality Theory

Lecture 12 Personal Identity, Part III: Objections to the Personality Theory

Lecture 13 Personal Identity, Part IV: What Matters?

Lecture 14 What Matters (cont.); The Nature of Death, Part I

Lecture 15 The Nature of Death (cont.); Believing You Will Die

Lecture 16 Dying Alone; The Badness of Death, Part I

Lecture 17 The Badness of Death, Part II: The Deprivation Account

Lecture 18 The Badness of Death, Part III; Immortality, Part I

Lecture 19 Immortality Part II; The Value of Life, Part I

Lecture 20 The Value of Life, Part II; Other Bad Aspects of Death, Part I

Lecture 21 Other Bad Aspects of Death, Part II

Lecture 22 Fear of Death

Lecture 23 How to Live Given the Certainty of Death

Lecture 24 Suicide, Part I: The Rationality of Suicide

Lecture 25 Suicide, Part II: Deciding under Uncertainty

Lecture 26 Suicide, Part III: The Morality of Suicide and Course Conclusion

* Shelly Kagan, Death (Yale University: Open Yale Courses), http://oyc.yale.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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Location: The Bushwick Starr theater: 207 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY [between Irving and Wykcoff]. Directions: Via Subway take the L Train to Jefferson Street, exit at Starr Street, walk against traffic on Starr, and the theater is 3/4 of a block on the right. For detailed driving directions visit: www.thebushwickstarr.org/DIRECTIONS.




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