The Book of Dead Philosophers  Simon Critchley

The Book of Dead Philosophers Simon Critchley

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"To philosophize is to learn how to die." - Cicero. "One who no longer is cannot suffer." - Lucretius. "Life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." - Hobbes. 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.