Death and the Disinterested Spectator: An Inquiry into the Nature of Philosophy

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1986 - Philosophy - 262 pages
Death and the Disinterested Spectator examines the nature of philosophy in light of philosophy s claim to be a preparation for death. Does philosophy have any real power, or is it merely idle talk? The background against which this question is explored is a re-interpretation of Plato s Phaedo, Augustine s Confessions, and Descartes Discourse on Method.
 

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Contents

Introduction
5
Socrates Penelope and the Bee
11
St Augustine The Look of Pity
85
Descartes Occupation and Preoccupation
137
Conclusion Death and the Disinterested Spectator
191

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Ann Hartle is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Emory University.

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