The Book of Dead Philosophers

Author(s): Simon Critchley


Diogenes died by holding his breath.

Plato allegedly died of a lice infestation.

Diderot choked to death on an apricot.

Nietzsche made a long, soft-brained and dribbling descent into oblivion after kissing a horse in Turin.

From the self-mocking haikus of Zen masters on their deathbeds to the last words (gasps) of modern-day sages, The Book of Dead Philosopherschronicles the deaths of almost 200 philosophers-tales of weirdness, madness, suicide, murder, pathos and bad luck.

In this elegant and amusing book, Simon Critchley argues that the question of what constitutes a 'good death' has been the central preoccupation of philosophy since ancient times. As he brilliantly demonstrates, looking at what the great thinkers have said about death inspires a life-affirming enquiry into the meaning and possibility of human happiness.

In learning how to die, we learn how to live.



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General Fields

  • : 9780307390431
  • : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • : Vintage
  • : February 2009
  • : .8 Inches X 5.01 Inches X 9.02 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Simon Critchley
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 190 B
  • : 306