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