Liberal Arts Colloquium: On Death
This year, the Liberal Arts Spring Colloquium presents papers discussing death, a very central notion to our human existence. This two-day conference will take place on Thursday, March 30 (at Vanier College) and Friday, March 31 (at Concordia) and will include three panels on each day. The Concordia event takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. in Room H-763. All are welcome.
Death—what is it?
Socrates might have said a long, restful sleep, undisturbed by waking. For Epicurus death does not matter, for “when we exist, death is not; and when death exists, we are not”.
The uncertainty of both these claims makes neither terribly reassuring, so perhaps Woody Allen puts it best when he says, “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”
In all cases, death is inevitable, certain and yet entirely unknown. This peculiar predicament we find ourselves in defines our very existence.