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Book of Dead Philosophers

ISBN-10: 0307390438
ISBN-13: 9780307390431
Edition: 2009
Authors: Simon Critchley
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Description: "To philosophize is to learn how to die." Cicero; assassinated by order of Mark Antony "One who no longer is cannot suffer." Lucretius; suicide, allegedly driven mad by a love potion "Life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." Hobbes; died  More...

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 306
Size: 5.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012

"To philosophize is to learn how to die." Cicero; assassinated by order of Mark Antony "One who no longer is cannot suffer." Lucretius; suicide, allegedly driven mad by a love potion "Life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." Hobbes; died in bed, age 91 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.

English philosopher Simon Critchley was born on February 27, 1960. He earned his BA (1985) and PhD (1988) from the University of Essex in England. Critchley received his M.Phil. from France's University of Nice in 1987. Critchley has held university fellow, lecturer, reader, and professor positions and was the Director of the Centre for Theoretical Studies at the University of Essex. Additionally, Critchley was President of the British Society for Phenomenology from 1994-1999, he held a Humboldt Research Fellowship in Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt, and was Programme Director of the Coll�ge International de Philosophie. Since 2004 Critchley has taught philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. Critchley's publications include "The Ethics of Deconstruction: Derrida and Levinas," the collection of essays "Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity," "Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction," "On Humour," "Things Merely Are," "Infinitely Demanding," and the New York Times bestseller "The Book of Dead Philosophers".

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