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May 19th, 2020

From the vaults: Immortality

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

May 19th, 2020

From the vaults: Immortality

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Stephen Cave/ John Gray

 


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Every human culture has claimed some way of defeating death, whether through mummification, reincarnation, or resurrection when the last trumpet sounds. In our age of failed ideologies and empty churches, many now hope science will provide the route to everlasting life. Can it? Should we even want it to? And is the will to live forever, which has so shaped the human story, a blessing or a curse?

 

Speakers
Stephen Cave
Author, Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilisation
John Gray
Emeritus Professor of European Thought, LSE

Chair
Simon Glendinning
Professor of European Philosophy, European Institute, LSE & Director, Forum for Philosophy

 

Recorded on 30 May 2012 at the LSE

 

 

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