The Book of Dead Philosophers

The Book of Dead Philosophers

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“To philosophize is to learn how to die.” —Cicero; assassinated by order of Mark Antony

“One who no longer is cannot suffer.” —Lucretius; suicide, allegedly driven mad by a love potion

“Life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” —Hobbes; died in bed, age 91

In this collection of brief lives (and deaths) of nearly two hundred of the world's greatest thinkers, noted philosopher Simon Critchley creates a register of mortality that is tragic, amusing, absurd, and exemplary. From the self-mocking haikus of Zen masters on their deathbeds to the last words of Christian saints and modern-day sages, this irresistible book contains much to inspire both amusement and reflection.

Informed by Critchley's acute insight, scholarly intelligence, and sprightly wit, each entry tells its own tale, but collected together they add up to a profound and moving investigation of meaning and the possibility of happiness for us all.

Baker & Taylor
Starting from the premise that philosophers' deaths have been as interesting as their lives, the author describes the deaths of more than 190 philosophers in quirky tales that confront such larger issues as the meaning of life, the possibility of happiness, and the role of death in promoting a richer, more fulfilling life.

Baker
& Taylor

Starting from the premise that philosophers' deaths have been as interesting as their lives, the author describes the deaths of more than 190 philosophers in quirky tales that confront such larger issues as the meaning of life, the possibility of happiness, and the role of death in promoting a richer, more fulfilling life. Original. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780307390431
0307390438
Branch Call Number: 190 CRITC

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ClaireM_W
Feb 13, 2013

A fun approach to the grand tour of who's who in philosophy. Painlessly enriching.

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