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The Book of Dead Philosophers by Simon Critchley
  

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The Book of Dead Philosophers by Simon Critchley

The question of what constitutes a 'good death' has been the central preoccupation of philosophers since ancient times. Many of the 190 philosopher's deaths included here are bizarre, and tales of madness, murder, pathos (and bathos) abound. Heracleitus suffocated in cow dung; Empedocles leapt into a volcano; Jeremy Bentham had himself stuffed and sits on public view in University College London - The Book of Dead Philosophers will inspire both amusement and reflection. Looking at what great thinkers have said about death turns out to be 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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Simon Critchley is Professor of Philosophy at the New School in New York.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st October 2009

Author

Simon Critchley

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Publisher

Granta Books

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Popular philosophy

ISBN

9781847080790

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