The Book of Dead Philosophers

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 10, 2009 - Philosophy - 306 pages
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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.

 

 

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User Review  - Bricker - LibraryThing

From a sentence to a few pages this book visits with nearly 200 philosophers and gives a snippet of their lives, opinions and deaths. A very interesting read. Read full review

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User Review  - gregorybrown - LibraryThing

This was hugely disappointing, and probably because it's not that good. The premise of the book is actually pretty interesting: illustrate the various philosophies to death by recounting the personal ... Read full review

Contents

Classical Chinese Philosophers
43
Romans Serious and Ridiculous and Neoplatonists
55
The Deaths of Christian Saints
69
Christian Islamic and judaic
84
Philosophy in the Latin Middle Ages
95
Erasmus 106 St Thomas More 107
107
Petrus Ramus 111 Montaigne 111 Giordano Bruno 11 1
117
Princess Elizabeth ofBol1en1ia 12 1 Gassencli 125
125
Anne Conway 130 Locke 1g1 Daiiraris Cucl0rtl1 13 1
139
Radicatidi Passerano 1 18 lilada111ecl11 Chfitelet 150
150
Schiller 167 Fichte 167 Hegel 168
168
Plzilosoplgy in II ?mine
195
Analytics Continentals
214
LAST RD S 2 17
247
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Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His many books include Very Little . . . Almost Nothing, The Faith of the Faithless, and The Book of Dead Philosophers. He is the series moderator of The Stone, a philosophy column in The New York Times, to which he is a frequent contributor.

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