The Book of Dead Philosophers

The Book of Dead Philosophers

Book - 2009
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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.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780307390431
Characteristics: xxxviii, 265 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Dec 27, 2017

This book is interesting to read if one is interested in reading short biographies and insights of philosophers the world has ever known. I would recommend this book as a starting point for those who want to learn of philosophy.

Feb 13, 2013

A fun approach to the grand tour of who's who in philosophy. Painlessly enriching.


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