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"Critchley may not put forth a viable antidote to Suzanne Somers and Rick Warren, but then again, the sophistries hawked by New Age gurus, life-extension enthusiasts and televangelists have been around since, well, the Sophists, and are likely to endure for as long as we do." Alexander Provan, the Nation (read the entire Nation review)

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"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.

Review:

"According to Cicero, 'to philosophize is to learn how to die.' Critchley (Infinitely Demanding) illustrates this claim in his portraits of the deaths of more than 190 philosophers from the ancients to the analytics of the mid — 20th century. A primer on just about every notable philosophical figure in history, this book challenges readers to learn from the philosophers' conduct in life and the circumstances of their deaths. Confucius believed that mourning underscored the value of life; accordingly, his followers grieved his death for at least three years. Thoreau, Emerson and John Stuart Mill died of ordinary ailments while relishing the natural world. Aquinas found serenity contemplating the bough of a tree, fitting consolation for the philosopher who preached the interconnectedness of nature and the soul. Dionysius spent the second half of his life rejecting Stoicism and embracing hedonism yet committed a protracted suicide by voluntary starvation. David Hume proved that atheists could die happy. The book offers an interpretation of death's potential as a final artistic and intellectual endeavor; it is a witty and generous gift that will leave readers perhaps a little less afraid of death and more appreciative of life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this rigorous, profound and frequently hilarious (The Sunday Telegraph, UK) work, philosopher Critchley recounts the deaths of more than 190 philosophers and shows how their variously tragic, amusing, bizarre, and absurd ends can help readers lead richer lives.

Synopsis:

“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.

About the Author

Simon Critchly is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. He is the author of many books, most recently, On Heidegger's Being and Time and Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance. The Book of Dead Philosophers was written on a hill overlooking Los Angeles, where he was a scholar at the Getty Research Institute. He lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Learning How to Die - Socrates

To Die Laughing

Writing about Dead Philosophers

190 OR SO DEAD PHILOSOPHERS

Pre-Socratics, Physiologists, Sages and Sophists

Thales • Solon • Chilon • Periander •

Epimenides • Anaximander • Pythagoras •

Timycha • Heracleitus • Aeschylus •

Anaxagoras • Parmenides • Zeno of Elea •

Empedocles • Archelaus • Protagoras •

Democritus • Prodicus

Platonists, Cyrenaics, Aristotelians and Cynics

Plato • Speusippus • Xenocrates •

Arcesilaus • Carneades • Hegesias •

Aristotle • Theophrastus • Strato • Lyco •

Demetrius • Antisthenes • Diogenes •

Crates of Thebes • Hipparchia •

Metrocles • Menippus

Sceptics, Stoics and Epicureans

Anaxarchus • Pyrrho • Zeno of Citium •

Ariston • Dionysius • Cleanthes •

Chrysippus • Epicurus • Lucretius

Classical Chinese Philosophers

Kongzi (Confucius) • Laozi (Lao Tzu) • Mozi •

Mengzi (Mencius) • Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) •

Han Feizi • Zen and the Art of Dying

Romans (Serious and Ridiculous) and Neoplatonists

Cicero • Seneca • Petronius • Epictetus •

Polemo of Laodicea • Peregrinus Proteus •

Marcus Aurelius • Plotinus • Hypatia

The Deaths of Christian Saints

St. Paul • Origen • St. Antony •

St. Gregory of Nyssa • St. Augustine • Boethius

Medieval Philosophers: Christian, Islamic and Judaic

The Venerable Bede • John Scottus Eriugena •

Al-Farabi • Avicenna (Ibn Sina) • St. Anselm •

Solomon Ibn Gabirol • Abelard •

Averroës (Ibn Rushd) • Moses Maimonides •

Shahab al-din Suhrawardi

Philosophy in the Latin Middle Ages

Albert the Great • St. Thomas Aquinas •

St. Bonaventure • Ramon Llull •

Siger of Brabant • St. John Duns Scotus •

William of Ockham

Renaissance, Reformation and Scientific Revolution

Marsilio Ficino • Pico della Mirandola •

Machiavelli • Erasmus • St. Thomas More •

Luther • Copernicus • Tycho Brahe •

Petrus Ramus • Montaigne • Giordano Bruno •

Galileo • Bacon • Campanella

Rationalists (Material and Immaterial), Empiricists

and Religious Dissenters

Grotius • Hobbes • Descartes •

Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia • Gassendi •

La Rochefoucauld • Pascal • Geulincx •

Anne Conway • Locke • Damaris Cudworth •

Spinoza • Malebranche • Leibniz •

Vico • Shaftesbury • Toland • Berkeley

Philosophes, Materialists and Sentimentalists

Montesquieu • Voltaire • Radicati di Passerano •

Madame du Châtelet • La Mettrie • Hume • Rousseau •

Diderot

Many Germans and Some Non-Germans

Winckelmann • Kant • Burke •

Wollstonecraft • Condorcet • Bentham •

Goethe • Schiller • Fichte • Hegel •

Hölderlin • Schelling • Novalis • Kleist •

Schopenhauer • Heine • Feuerbach • Stirner

The Masters of Suspicion and Some

Unsuspicious Americans

Emerson • Thoreau • Mill • Darwin •

Kierkegaard • Marx • William James •

Nietzsche • Freud • Bergson • Dewey

The Long Twentieth Century I: Philosophy in Wartime

Husserl • Santayana • Croce •

Gentile • Gramsci • Russell • Schlick •

Lukács • Rosenzweig • Wittgenstein •

Heidegger • Carnap • Edith Stein • Benjamin

The Long Twentieth Century II: Analytics, Continentals,

a Few Moribunds and a Near-death Experience

Gadamer • Lacan • Adorno • Levinas • Sartre • Beauvoir •

Arendt • Merleau-Ponty • Quine • Weil • Ayer • Camus •

Ricoeur • Barthes • Davidson • Althusser • Rawls •

Lyotard • Fanon • Deleuze • Foucault • Baudrillard •

Derrida • Debord • Dominique Janicaud •

Simon Critchley

LAST WORDS

Creatureliness

GEOGRAPHICAL DETAILS AND THANKS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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MarcusHorne, August 1, 2009 (view all comments by MarcusHorne)
A wonderful concept for a book. It spends a page and half or so on the deaths of 170 different philosophers. For some, it nicely juxtaposes their beliefs with their practical applications. For others, it illustrates a hypocrisy. Mostly though, I think it does a good job bringing the lot of them back down to earth. The introductions (there are three) are themselves a decent discussion on death and dying. It's one of those books you wish was a Wikipedia page so you could follow all the strands it begins to tug at.
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ISBN:
9780307390431
Author:
Critchley, Simon
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Vintage Books USA
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General
Subject:
Philosophers
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Death
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Philosophers - Death
Subject:
General Philosophy
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Philosophy : General
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20090231
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "According to Cicero, 'to philosophize is to learn how to die.' Critchley (Infinitely Demanding) illustrates this claim in his portraits of the deaths of more than 190 philosophers from the ancients to the analytics of the mid — 20th century. A primer on just about every notable philosophical figure in history, this book challenges readers to learn from the philosophers' conduct in life and the circumstances of their deaths. Confucius believed that mourning underscored the value of life; accordingly, his followers grieved his death for at least three years. Thoreau, Emerson and John Stuart Mill died of ordinary ailments while relishing the natural world. Aquinas found serenity contemplating the bough of a tree, fitting consolation for the philosopher who preached the interconnectedness of nature and the soul. Dionysius spent the second half of his life rejecting Stoicism and embracing hedonism yet committed a protracted suicide by voluntary starvation. David Hume proved that atheists could die happy. The book offers an interpretation of death's potential as a final artistic and intellectual endeavor; it is a witty and generous gift that will leave readers perhaps a little less afraid of death and more appreciative of life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Critchley may not put forth a viable antidote to Suzanne Somers and Rick Warren, but then again, the sophistries hawked by New Age gurus, life-extension enthusiasts and televangelists have been around since, well, the Sophists, and are likely to endure for as long as we do." (read the entire Nation review)
"Synopsis" by , In this rigorous, profound and frequently hilarious (The Sunday Telegraph, UK) work, philosopher Critchley recounts the deaths of more than 190 philosophers and shows how their variously tragic, amusing, bizarre, and absurd ends can help readers lead richer lives.
"Synopsis" by , “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.

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