The Book of Dead Philosophers

The Book of Dead Philosophers

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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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2009, ©2008
Edition: 1st Vintage books ed
ISBN: 9780307390431
Branch Call Number: 190 C934b 2009
Characteristics: xxxviii, 265 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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A catalog of philosophers and their demises, this book is a memento mori that reminds readers how to live. But it’s not all doom and gloom, sometimes it’s even funny.

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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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