The Book Of Dead Philosophers

Author: Simon Critchley
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  • : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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  • : February 2009
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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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