ANU Law and Philosophy Forum: Reflections on Death

Date & time
1–2pm Friday 20 August 2021
Associate Professor Joshua Neoh
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Reflections on Death


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The ANU Law and Philosophy Forum is delighted to announce its seventh meeting in 2021: a reading and discussion led by Dr Joshua Neoh, who will be reflecting on the topic of Death.

The discussion will be based upon Bernard Williams’s 1973 paper, ‘The Makropulos case: reflections on the tedium of immortality’.

When is the right time to die? Death can come too early, but it can also come too late. In many cases, death comes like a thief in the night to rob one of life, but is it all that bad? Even if life is a great good, there is the risk that one might end up having too much of a good thing. In this seminar, we will consider these mortal and morbid questions by reflecting on the Makropulos case.

Dr Joshua Neoh is an Associate Professor at ANU College of Law and researches and teaches in Legal Theory. His monograph, Law, Love and Freedom, was published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) in 2019.

We look forward to hosting Dr Neoh at the Forum, and hope you will be able to attend.

This session is held over Zoom. Please register to access the Zoom details.

For those wishing to join this Zoom seminar in person at the College of Law, we will meet at Liz Allen Meeting Room, Room 7.4.5 at ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Road. Please email if you wish to come along to ensure we meet cap requirements.

The ANU Law and Philosophy Forum is an interdisciplinary group focused on issues spanning law and philosophy.

Its core purpose is to promote research, discussion, and exchanges on various topics in law and philosophy, covering aspects of both private law and public law, and issues within both legal and political philosophy.

The Forum hosts guest speakers, holds workshops, and discusses recent scholarship of note in the field. Meetings are open to faculty members and research students from ANU College of Law and the School of Philosophy, and friends and colleagues of both.

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